Foss a Sidu 

near Kirkjubæjarklaustur, South Region, Iceland

Rating: 1.5     Difficulty: 1
Foss á Siðu falling behind the farms

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INTRODUCTION

Foss a Sidu (or more accurately Foss á Siðu, which literally means "waterfall at Siðu") was a conspicuous waterfall as we drove along Southern Iceland along the Ring Road. Given its pretty light flow, we'd imagine that it would have a pretty short season (i.e. it ought to go dry or trickle deep into the Summer). We happened to see it in the state you see on this page in late June 2007.

What stood out about this waterfall was probably its fortunate location since we were driving clockwise on the Ring Road, and it was the first significant waterfall we had seen in a while (after the ones in Skaftafell National Park). So despite its rather modest dime-a-dozen characteristic, it was the waterfall that broke the drought of not seeing a waterfall for a bit, and perhaps the only reason why it got as much attention from us (and in the literature) as it did.

When viewed from the Ring Road, the farms fronting the falls made for great photo subjects giving the ability to better communicate the waterfall's height. We also took one of the short turnoffs leading closer to the falls where there were sheep and wildflowers fronting it. There was a very short use trail that went right to the sloping bottom of the falls, but for all intents and purposes, this was a roadside attraction.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Foss á Siðu fronted by pretty flowersFoss á Siðu fronted by pretty flowers
Since we were going clockwise on the Ring Road, the last legitimate waterfall we saw prior to Foss á Siðu was Svartifoss in Skaftafell National Park in the East Region of IcelandSince we were going clockwise on the Ring Road, the last legitimate waterfall we saw prior to Foss á Siðu was Svartifoss in Skaftafell National Park in the East Region of Iceland
Further to the east of Skaftafell National Park was the scenic glacier lagoon full of icebergs at JokulsarlonFurther to the east of Skaftafell National Park was the scenic glacier lagoon full of icebergs at Jokulsarlon
To the west of Foss á Siðu was Kirkjubæjarklaustur, which was a small town featuring some interesting sites like this eccentric one called KirkjugolfTo the west of Foss á Siðu was Kirkjubæjarklaustur, which was a small town featuring some interesting sites like this eccentric one called Kirkjugolf
Looking towards Foss a Sidu as we were heading west on the Ring RoadLooking towards Foss a Sidu as we were heading west on the Ring Road

Looking directly at Foss a Sidu fronted by several farm buildingsLooking directly at the falls fronted by several farm buildings

Right before Foss a Sidu with some sheep grazing by it for scaleRight before the falls with some sheep grazing by it for scale


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Fixated on the falls


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

We saw this waterfall along the Ring Road roughly 12km east of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. The turnoff leading closer to the falls is on the left roughly 11.5km from the four-way junction at Kirkjubæjarklaustur (or "Klaustur" for short).

Klaustur was near the fear southeast end of the Southern Region of Iceland about 248km (3 hours drive) east of Reykjavík.




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ITINERARIES

For more information about our itineraries involving this waterfall, check out the following links.




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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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