“Alex, this is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.” -Me at least 12 times
We just returned to our hotel after visiting Gljúfrabúi Waterfall and I have the urge to tell the world about it! Most people are aware of Seljalandsfoss, which is a stunning waterfall right off of Iceland's Ring Road, not far from Skogafoss, another beautiful waterfall. But tucked away not far from Seljalandsfoss is my new favorite spot in Iceland (you heard it, I like it even more than Jokulsarlon). What’s different about this waterfall is that it’s hidden behind a cliff, making it feel cave-like and intimate. We were lucky enough to have the waterfall to ourselves and it was easy to feel like we were the only ones on Earth.
To get to Gljúfrabúi, turn off of Route 1 toward Seljalandsfoss (road 249). Instead of turning right into the parking lot with all of the other cars, continue down the road, over the one-lane bridge. There are some small buildings, I believe it is a campsite, turn right onto the dirt road and drive up the hill. There is an area to park on the left. From here, you should see the top of Gljúfrabúi.
To get inside the cave/cliff, walk toward the left of the falls, you’ll see a sign as well as a stream. Climb down the hill and you’ll see an opening in the cliff. There’s only one way in and it involves balancing on stepping stones in the stream. The rocks in the stream were small but sturdy and conveniently placed, so getting inside was relatively simple. Stay near the cliff wall to help support yourself. Inside, there is a rock floor as well as a giant boulder to stand on. The falls spray a mist and we were soaking wet by the time we returned to the car (it was also raining though).