Behind an Icelandic Curtain

The roar is deafening. The power is immense and the feeling is awesome.

After climbing the old metal stairs and navigating a rocky path, you huddle against the wall of rocks behind you. Following the wet, muddy trail, covered in water spray, you navigate behind the falls. The cascading water is creating a huge curtain and the deafening roar. There is no shelter and no escape, you are standing behind a waterfall and not just any waterfall, but Seljalandsfoss, a 200 metre Icelandic waterfall.

Seljalandsfoss is a beautiful waterfall. It is literally, just at the side of the road, less than 2 hours from the Iceland Capital of Reykjavik. If you are looking for an easily accessible adventure, Seljalandsfoss is the waterfall for you.

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Behind the falls

There is ample parking, a small hut to purchase some food or drink and an alpaca sweater, toilets and a paved path that leads from either parking lot, up to the waterfall.

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Pathways for tourists, also offer leading lines in an image

Seljalandsfoss is set up for tourists, and this becomes evident throughout the day. Tour bus after tour bus pull into the parking lot, along with camper vans and 4×4 vehicles. However, the area is so big, wait a few minutes and it never feels over crowded.

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200 metres of cascading water.

Typically, Vincent and I strayed from the regular tourist path and scrambled up the side of the waterfall to see the view of Southern Iceland from the top. Here you can see the river, Seljalandsa, and where it flows over the edge.

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From the top. You can see the parking lot, and Route 1

Back at the base of the falls, it was time to carefully take the few metal steps and head behind the falls. Your senses are overpowered by the noise and the water spray. If you stay still for any period of time, you will get wet. It is very worth it and highly recommended.

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Carefully navigating the wet metal steps, you are almost behind the falls.

The noise is tremendous, as is the view. I got very wet making these images, and it was worth it. I had my camera tucked away in my rain jacket and my rocket blower in my pocket. It was tough to make these images, see last weeks blog for some tips,  but I relish the challenge.

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Look at all angles and do not be afraid to put in a bit of effort. A little effort can make an image.

Normally, I prefer to approach a tourist area from a different view-point. I like to share an area that people are familiar with, with my own vision and it can be difficult to capture an often photographed waterfall like this. I will sacrifice myself to get cold, wet and in a difficult spot to make an image, and my photography workshop partner Vincent, is happy to do the same. Sometimes it takes a leap of faith with your equipment to get the image.

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Sometimes a leap of faith is needed.

The area itself gives lots of photographic opportunities. Green fields, big skies and the path along the bottom of the falls help with composition.

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Patience is key to an image with no people in it.

If you want a photograph with no people in it, you will have to be patient.

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Later in the day means less tourists.

There are two parking lots, and I found the smaller, camping lot, offered a great landscape image of the falls with the old huts in the foreground.

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The view from the camp ground parking, and one of my favourite images from the day.

Vincent and I spent a few hours here, exploring all angles and speaking with locals and tourists to find out their thoughts on the area. It is a beautiful place and I highly recommend a visit.

My only issue with the area was that, in June, it did not get dark. I want to go back and play with long exposure photography and later in the year would be better for this.

I hope my photography inspires you to explore this beautiful place. Seljalandsfoss is a must see destination if you visit Iceland, and I shall continue to post more about this incredible country, that I cannot wait to get back too.


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  1. Ahhh, great memories.

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