About Foss a Sidu
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.
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.
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.
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).
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