It’s not hard to understand why many consider Skogafoss Waterfall a top natural wonder in Iceland. Located on the Skógá River on the southern coast of Iceland, Skogafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in the country. The second you see the gigantic cascade plummeting 60 m (197 ft) over mossy cliffs, your jaw will drop. Follow a staircase to the top of the falls to look down at the roaring spectacle and nesting birds. 

Massive Skogafoss Waterfall in Iceland

The falls stretch out an astonishing width of 25 m (80 ft) due to the powerful Skógá River. The river that makes the waterfall drains down from the infamous Eyjafjallajökull Glacier, which covers a volcano. Many still remember the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption that halted air traffic over Europe for weeks.

In addition to the stunning beauty of Skogafoss Waterfall, there is a legend about the falls. Back in the 10th century, Þrasi Þórólfsson, a Viking settler, hid a chest of gold behind the falls. Who knows — maybe you’ll find the long sought after treasure on your next trip.

Skogafoss Waterfall Map

Skogafoss Waterfall Travel Tips

How to Get to Skogafoss Waterfall

Skogafoss is conveniently located close to the Ring Road, making it easy to get to. From Reykjavik, take the Ring Road (Route 1) and continue on the road until you notice signs pointing to the waterfall. Then turn left and you’ll reach your destination.

The distance between Skogafoss and Reykjavik is about 156 km (97 mi).

GPS Coordinates of Skogafoss: 63.5321° N, 19.5114° W

View to Skogafoss Waterfall from off-road

Not up for a ride? Sign up for a guided tour along the South Coast and visit the magnificent waterfall along with other natural attractions such as glaciers and black sand beaches. 

The Best Time to Visit

Visiting Skogafoss Waterfall is a great idea all year round. Summer will give you the best weather but attracts the biggest crowds. To escape the busy crowds consider visiting the waterfall early in the morning or late in the evening. 

Skogafoss Waterfall in Winter

During the shoulder seasons, take advantage of thinner crowds and lower costs. Just don’t forget to bring an extra sweater as the weather will be windy!

In winter, the waterfall is simply outstanding. The cliffs are covered in snow and long icicles look great in photos. An added bonus? You can see the Northern Lights dance above the falls.

What Not to Forget on Your Trip to Skogafoss Waterfall

Rainbow over Skogafoss waterfall
  • Waterproof clothing (the waterfall produces a huge amount of spray)
  • Extra warm layers (it will be colder close to the water)
  • Ice spikes or shoes with sturdy soles for winter trips (during the cold season, the base of the falls might be covered in ice)
  • Camera (on sunny days, the falls create double rainbows)

Interesting Sites Nearby Skogafoss

Kvernufoss Waterfall in Iceland
  • Skógar Folk Museum where you can see a ring from the chest hidden behind Skogafoss Waterfall. 
  • Kvernufoss Waterfall is a hidden waterfall near Skogafoss located within walking distance east of its more popular neighbor. 
  • Sólheimajökull Glacier, located just a 10-minute drive from the falls, is a hub for glacier hiking. Set foot on the ancient ice on our Easy Glacier Hike on Sólheimajökull.
  • Seljavallalaug Pool, located about 10 minutes away from Skogafoss, is a lovely swimming pool hidden in the magnificent mountains and is free of charge.
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, located about a half-hour drive west of Skogafoss, is the waterfall you can walk behind.
  • Reynisfjara Beach, located about a half-hour drive east of Skogafoss, is Iceland’s most dramatic black sand beach with impressive basalt columns.

Looking for a Skogafoss Waterfall tour? Check out our unforgettable South Coast Iceland Day Tour where we visit this brilliant cascade!

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