Photograph of the week: Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Iceland

Seljalandsfoss is one of the most iconic waterfalls in Iceland, if not the world. It has a 60-metre drop and forms part of the Seljalands River that has its origin in the volcano glacier Eyjafjallajökull (the same volcano that erupted in 2010, creating an ash cloud that result in European air space having to shut down for the best part of a week). Although now inland, the cliff is believed to have once been part of Iceland’s coastline.

It is easy to find – just take the main road around the island counter-clockwise for 120 kilometres from Reykjavik. Photographing Seljalandsfoss well does present its challenges, though, not least because of the amount of water vapour in the air (it’s a good idea to have weather-resistant camera gear). There are many different vantage points from which to photograph the waterfall but go between mid-April and mid-August and you should be able to get the sunset to line up and provide you with a nice composition

Thank you to Robert Lukeman for permission to reproduce the image.

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Comments (1)

  1. Stephen says:

    I’m something of an addict when it comes to Sky’s Master Photographer. They have just finished Series Three and they usually have a landscape week where the challenge the remaining photographers to capture a landscape. The balance and composition of this beautiful scene would impress the tough and demanding judges. They’d love the dynamism of the waterfall contrasted against such a serene background.

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