Gljúfrabúi Waterfall


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Gljúfrabúi Waterfall


  • Parking for Gljúfrabúi is in a gravel lot with views of neighboring Seljalandsfoss.- Gljúfrabúi Waterfall
  • To reach the short path to the falls, proceed north in the gravel lot until reaching a gate.- Gljúfrabúi Waterfall
  • Views of Gljúfrabúi from the the parking area.- Gljúfrabúi Waterfall
  • Through the gate at the north end of the parking area, a walking path leads straight to the falls.- Gljúfrabúi Waterfall
  • The falls' name translates to "the one that lives within the canyon."- Gljúfrabúi Waterfall
  • A bench sits outside the falls offering views of those who head into the grotto to stand beneath it.- Gljúfrabúi Waterfall
  • Views to the base of the falls.- Gljúfrabúi Waterfall
  • Those wanting to reach the falls' base should be prepared for a little water.- Gljúfrabúi Waterfall
  • A wide flat path leads to Seljalandsfoss and its large parking area.- Gljúfrabúi Waterfall
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Photogenic. Can stand beneath the waterfall.
Tends to get crowded.
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Year round: 
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Spring, Summer, Fall
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Gljúfrabúi (which has occasionally been called Glúfrafoss) is a waterfall just a short distance away from the popular Seljalandsfoss, and for all of its neighbor's dramatic showiness, these falls, by contrast, put on a more subtle display.

Translating to "the one that lives within the canyon," Gljúfrabúi runs from the river Glúfurá and falls 40 meters (about 131 feet) into an enclosed grotto. While the top of the falls are visible from a distance, many visitors venture into the misty enclosure to stand atop a rock at the base of the falls.

Those wanting to walk to the base should be aware that heading into the canyon requires walking up the creek, and the mist from the falls is thick, so plan your footwear and dress accordingly. Outside of the falls are a couple benches and interpretive signs.

A wide flat path leads to Seljalandsfoss about 150 meters away, and it's easy to view both on the same trip with the short walk.

Visitors may also consider parking at the large parking area at Seljalandsfoss. There are no amenities at Gljúfrabúi.

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