Skogafoss

Skogafoss which includes a river or creek and a cascade
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Gaze up at the roaring waterfall that marks the point between the coastal highlands and the lowlands reclaimed from the sea.

Marvel at the impressive power of one of Iceland’s largest waterfalls. It has a width of 82 feet (25 meters) and plunges a distance of 200 feet (60 meters) from its peak. Listen to the savage roar of the water hitting the ground and catch some of its spray to keep cool on a warm day.

If it is sunny, try to spot a single or double rainbow hanging over the foamy water and capture photos of the falls against a backdrop of blue sky. Tour buses often take passengers to this spot on a daytrip, although some visitors prefer to camp in the nearby grounds.

From the top of the falls, enjoy the view of the Atlantic Ocean, which is now 3 miles (5 kilometers) farther south.

Trek along the river to encounter other waterfalls and scenic vistas. East of the Skogafoss falls is a trail of steps leading up to the top and to glaciers in the region. Look around the nearby museums, such as the Museum of Transport and Communication and the Skogar Museum. The latter holds folk crafts and artifacts.

Legends describe a hidden Viking treasure in a cave at the back of the waterfall. As an integral part of Iceland’s picturesque countryside, the waterfall has featured in a music video and big-budget movies, such as The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. It contends with Gullfoss Waterfall for the title of Iceland’s most famous cascade.

The name of the waterfall translates as “Forest Falls,” which refers to the nearby woodland.

Skogafoss is in the area of Skogar near the southern coast of Iceland. From Reykjavik, the journey is 95 miles (153 kilometers) southeast, which should take about 2 hours by car.

Top Hotels Close to Skogafoss

Hotel Skogafoss
Hotel Skogafoss
3 out of 5
Skogar, Rangárþing eystra, IS-861
The price is $156 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19
$156
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Rangárþing eystra. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (478 reviews)
"Great spot beautiful waterfall"

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2022

Hotel Skogafoss
Hotel Skógar
Hotel Skógar
3.5 out of 5
Skógarfoss, Rangárþing eystra, South Iceland, 861
The price is $171 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 22
$171
per night
Dec 21 - Dec 22
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Rangárþing eystra. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4/5 Very Good! (154 reviews)
"Small hotel in great location for hiking near skogafoss waterfall. Some rooms are pretty small, others are a bit better sized. Quiet area, and friendly staff, but it seems they’re just getting staffing levels back up to where they were. Restaurant was closed (staffing issues apparently), but the ..."

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2022

Hotel Skógar
UMI Hotel
UMI Hotel
4 out of 5
Leirnavegur 243, Rangárþing eystra, Southern Region, 861
The price is $246 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 18
$246
per night
Dec 17 - Dec 18
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Rangárþing eystra. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (329 reviews)
"Great atmosphere. Superb view. Very friendly staff! All was well though for ur to have a great stay (ie: alarm system to see the northern lights, coffee and croissants available for very early check-out)."

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2022

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