Selfoss (waterfall)

Coordinates: 65°47′54″N 16°22′57″W / 65.79833°N 16.38250°W / 65.79833; -16.38250
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Selfoss (waterfall) is located in Iceland
Selfoss (waterfall)
LocationNorth of Iceland
Total height11 m (36 ft)
WatercourseJökulsá á Fjöllum

Selfoss (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈsɛlˌfɔsː]) is a waterfall on the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum in the north of Iceland. The river drops over a number of waterfalls over about 30 km before flowing into Öxarfjörður, a bay of the Arctic Sea.[citation needed] The river originates as melt water from the glacier Vatnajökull and therefore the water flow varies depending on the season, the weather and volcanic activity.[1]

A few hundred meters downstream of the 11 m (36 ft)-high waterfall is Dettifoss, the second-most powerful waterfall in Europe. Below the falls, the river passes through a gorge which is part of the Jökulsárgljúfur National Park.


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  1. ^ "Sunrise on the Selfoss waterfall". National Geographic Magazine. National Geographic Society. Retrieved 1 November 2014.

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65°47′54″N 16°22′57″W / 65.79833°N 16.38250°W / 65.79833; -16.38250