Foss a Sidu

Skogar / Southern Ring Road, South Region (Suðurland), Iceland

About Foss a Sidu

Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2007-07-03
Date last visited: 2021-08-09

Waterfall Latitude: 63.85378
Waterfall Longitude: -17.87211

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

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.

That said, given this waterfall’s roadside location and having seen so many similar ones along the Ring Road, there really doesn’t seem to be a rhyme or reason why this particular waterfall has a place name to it.

Foss_a_Sidu_029_07032007 - Foss á Siðu
Foss á Siðu

I guess what stood out about this waterfall was probably its fortunate location since there was a farm fronting it and making the combination attractive as photo subjects.

And despite its seemingly light flow, it also seemed to have longevity as we noticed the waterfall was flowing on our latest pass-by in August 2021 and that photo you see above came during our first visit in July 2007.

There was even a short trail leading to the base of this waterfall as I suspected that locals and visitors alike would frequent this conspicuous waterfall perhaps to help break up the long drives along the Ring Road.

To access that trail, we took one of the short turnoffs leading closer to the falls where there were sheep and wildflowers fronting it.

Foss_a_Sidu_022_07032007 - Looking towards Foss a Sidu as we were heading west on the Ring Road
Looking towards Foss a Sidu as we were heading west on the Ring Road

Speaking of sparse waterfall sightings, when we drove by Foss á Siðu in July 2007, we were heading west so it was actually the first waterfall that we noticed in a while (at least since Svartifoss).

That said, there were a few other thin roadside waterfalls further to the west so it turned out that Foss á Siðu wasn’t like a lone waterfall.

Anyways, when we drove the Ring Road in the opposite direction in August 2021, we didn’t really stop to get another closeup look at it.

That just shows you how much of a dime-a-dozen roadside attraction this waterfall can be, and whether you choose to pause for it or not really depends on your mood and circumstance (like any other convenient Ring Road waterfall).


Foss á Siðu resides in the South Region near Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Iceland. It is administered by the municipality of Skaftárhreppur. For information or inquiries about the general area as well as current conditions, you may want to try visiting their website.

South_Iceland_Roadshots_007_mom_08092021 - This was an early morning look at Foss á Siðu when we were driving east on the Ring Road, but we didn't really stop for it on our August 2021 trip
South_Iceland_Roadshots_006_mom_08092021 - This particular waterfall was just west of Foss á Siðu, and there was another one (not shown in this photo) nearby
Foss_a_Sidu_016_07032007 - Foss á Siðu fronted by pretty flowers
Foss_a_Sidu_018_07032007 - Foss á Siðu backing a small group of farm buildings
Foss_a_Sidu_020_07032007 - Looking directly at Foss a Sidu fronted by several farm buildings
Foss_a_Sidu_007_07032007 - Right before Foss a Sidu with some sheep grazing by it for scale

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).

Foss_a_Sidu_031_07032007 - Foss a Sidu was a roadside waterfall along the Ring Road so it's hard to miss it as long as it's flowing
Foss a Sidu was a roadside waterfall along the Ring Road so it’s hard to miss it as long as it’s flowing

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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