Seljalandsfoss: waterfall of legends

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A glimpse of Iceland - Seljalandsfoss, Waterfall Southern Iceland

When I was a child and my parents told me tales before sleeping, the treasure of the elves was often hidden behind a majestic waterfall.

Well, if there’s really an elve’s treasure, this must be the place where it’s buried!

Seljalandsfoss is the waterfall of legends. It’s also one of the most beautiful and famous waterfalls of Iceland. 

It is formed by the river Seljalandsá that, almost at the end of its journey, drops 60 metres (200 ft) from over the cliffs of the former coastline. Nowadays between the cliffs and the sea, there is a vast lava plain created through the years by the eruptions of the surrounding volcanoes. Following the footpath that leads to the waterfall, you’re welcomed by an impressive view: the water falls down from the plateau and flows away through an emerald green field.

Once you get closer, you’ll notice that between the cliffs and the roaring mass of water falling from above, there is a tiny, slippery path. If you follow it, you arrive just behind the waterfall, in a bluish small cave.

And this is where, I am pretty sure, the treasure is buried!

I had no digging tools so couldn’t go further in my search. But I had a camera, and what you see above is what it recorded from behind the water curtain: a glimpse of Iceland!

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