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: 2007-07-03

Waterfall Latitude: 63.85378
Waterfall Longitude: -17.87211

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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).

Foss_a_Sidu_029_07032007 - Foss á Siðu
Foss á Siðu

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 our drought of not seeing a waterfall for a bit (at least since Svartifoss).

Perhaps, this was the only reason why it got as much attention from us (and in the literature).

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.

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

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.


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.

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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