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Skogafoss Waterfall In Iceland – A Complete Guide

Located in the south of Iceland, spectacular Skogafoss Waterfall is one of the largest waterfalls in the country. Here’s a guide to visiting.

How To Get To Skogafoss Waterfall

Skogafoss Waterfall is located just off Route 1, the well known ring road that circles the country of Iceland, so it’s pretty easy to get to.

Car

If you’re based in the capital city of Reykjavik, one of the best ways to get to Skogafoss Waterfall is to hire a car and drive.

Just follow the Route 1 ring road south from Reykjavik and it will take you all the way to the Waterfall. You can actually see it from the road.

It’s a scenic and straightforward drive that takes just over 2 hours. In addition there is free parking once you arrive that’s just a few minutes walk from the waterfall.

Bus

The number 51 bus from Reykjavik will take you half-way to the town of Selfoss. From there you then get the number 52 bus which will take you directly to the falls. This takes a little longer than driving yourself.

Tour

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

Skogafoss Waterfall Entrance Fee

It is free to visit Skogafoss Waterfall.

Skogafoss Waterfall Iceland

Skogafoss Waterfall Opening Times

Skogafoss Waterfall is open all day, every day.

Skogafoss Waterfall Iceland

Best Time To Visit Skogafoss Waterfall

As one of Iceland’s most popular attractions, Skogafoss Waterfall can get pretty busy, especially during the peak tourist months of June, July and August.

However, the sun only sets for a short time during the summer months in Iceland so, if you want to avoid the crowds, you’ve got plenty of time to visit early/late in the day.

Or, the months either side of the peak season, especially when the children are in school, are also less busy.

Alternatively, if you don’t mind the cold, Skogafoss Waterfall looks pretty magical during the winter months cascading out of its rugged, snow covered surroundings.

Furthermore, although you don’t have as many daylight hours during the winter, there are definitely fewer visitors at this time of year and you might also get to see the famous Northern Lights.

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

Quick Dry Towel

GoPro

Lifeproof Phone Case

Dry Bag

Beanie Hat

Knit Gloves

Skogafoss Waterfall Iceland
Skogafoss Waterfall Iceland

Skogafoss Waterfall History

Skogafoss Waterfall is on the River Skoga which originates from a spring beneath Eyjafjoll mountains. It flows over a large, former sea cliff that once would have sat on Iceland’s coastline.

As the coastline receded the former cliffs remained and now sit approximately 4 km from the shoreline.

Legend has it that the first Viking settler in the area, Prasi Porolfsson, buried a chest full of gold behind Skogafoss Waterfall. With the end of the chest just being visible.

Many years later, locals searching the area are said to have found the chest and tried to retrieve it. They put a rope through the ring on the end of the chest but the ring broke off and the chest fell back into the watery depths.

The large ring from the chest is said to have been given to the local Skogar village church, where it was placed on the door and used as a knocker.

Interestingly, the ring from the Skogar church door is now on display in the local Skogar Museum. Where you can visit and make-up your own mind about the legendary tale!

Skogafoss Waterfall Drone Iceland
Skogafoss Waterfall Drone Iceland
Skogafoss Waterfall Drone Iceland

What To Expect At Skogafoss Waterfall

Skogafoss is a dramatic and impressive waterfall at 25m wide, with a drop of 60m. Cascading over a towering cliff, the water crashes into the basin, producing an abundance of spray.

In fact, due to the amount of spray, when the sun is shining you are very often rewarded with colourful single and even double rainbows. Making for some great photo opportunities.

Following a flat trail you can get up close to Skogafoss Waterfall and enjoy the full force of this natural wonder. I would recommend waterproof clothing if you are going to do this though, as the spray will definitely get you!

Additionally, if you are feeling energetic, there is a steep, narrow staircase of over 400 steps that you can climb up to a viewing platform at the top of the falls.

From here you have scenic views across the surrounding rugged landscape and out over south Iceland’s coastline. This is also the start/finish of the popular Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail.

The river below Skogafoss falls is home to a large salmon and char population. So you will often see fishermen here if you visit between the months of July to October.

Spectacular Skogafoss Waterfall is a must for your Iceland itinerary. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

If you would prefer a day trip to the south coast that includes a visit to Skogafoss, the From Reykjavik: South of Iceland Full-Day Trip is a good option.

Fun Fact: Skogafoss Waterfall is so dramatic that it has been used in a number of well known films and TV series including Game of Thrones, Thor, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Vikings.

Skogafoss Waterfall Iceland
Skogafoss Waterfall Iceland
Skogafoss Waterfall Iceland
Skogafoss Waterfall Iceland
Skogafoss Waterfall Iceland
Skogafoss Waterfall Iceland
Skogafoss Waterfall Iceland
Skogafoss Waterfall Iceland
Skogafoss Waterfall Viewpoint
Skogafoss Waterfall Viewpoint
Skogafoss Waterfall Viewpoint
Skogafoss Waterfall Viewpoint
Skogafoss Waterfall Viewpoint
Skogafoss Waterfall Viewpoint
Skogafoss Waterfall Viewpoint
Skogafoss Waterfall Viewpoint
Skogafoss Waterfall Viewpoint
Skogafoss Waterfall Viewpoint

Where To Stay In Reykjavik

Luxury

The Reykjavik EDITION

Set in Reykjavík, 600 metres from Solfar Sun Voyager, The Reykjavik EDITION offers accommodation with a fitness centre, private parking, a terrace and a restaurant. This 5-star hotel also offers a bar.

The accommodation provides room service, a 24-hour front desk and currency exchange for guests.

The units at the hotel come with a seating area, a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box. With a private bathroom equipped with a shower and free toiletries, rooms at The Reykjavik EDITION also have free WiFi, while selected rooms will provide you with a city view.

At the accommodation all rooms come with bed linen and towels. Guests at The Reykjavik EDITION can enjoy a continental breakfast.

Mid-Budget

Exeter Hotel

This contemporary design hotel is located in Reykjavík’s Old Harbour area, 500 metres from Harpa Concert Hall & Conference Centre.

It features free WiFi, an in-house restaurant and a bakery, as well as a sauna and fitness room.

Each room at Exeter Hotel comes with industrial décor, modern furnishings and wooden floors. Every room has a smart TV, refrigerator and Nespresso coffee machine. Some also feature a sea/mountain, or city and/or garden view.

Staff can help organise tours and activities for guests. Solfar Sun Voyager and Hallgrímskirkja Church are both within 1 km.

Budget

Igdlo Guesthouse

This family-run guest house, 500 metres from Reykjavik Bus Terminal, is a 45-minute bus ride from Keflavik International Airport.

It offers free in-room WiFi and access to a communal kitchen and dining room. The bright and airy rooms at Igdlo Guesthouse feature wooden furnishings and floors. Some rooms also have a washbasin. Shared bathroom facilities are available on each floor.

Guests can make use of barbecue facilities in the summer and self-service laundry services are available in the evenings. Free public parking is also available on site.

For more places to stay in Reykjavik, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight.

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile.

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.