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Skogafoss

Vacation Travel Guide
Skogafoss which includes a river or creek and a cascade

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.

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Hotel Drangshlid
Hotel Drangshlid
3 out of 5
Drangshlíð 1, Rangárþing eystra
The price is $150 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 14
Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Skogar Museum and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Skogafoss. Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre and Solheimajokull ...
3.8/5Good! (159 reviews)
"Location is a little remote, 30 minutes drive from Vik, otherwise great property, spacious rooms, nice breakfast."

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2021

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Hotel Skogafoss
Hotel Skogafoss
2.5 out of 5
Skogar, Rangárþing eystra
The price is $186 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Skogar Museum and Skogafoss. Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre and Solheimajokull are also ...
4.2/5Very Good! (403 reviews)
"We stayed in peak summer in this four bedroom apartment with two twin beds in each room at hotel Skogafoss, It had a beautiful view of a mountain on one side and the amazing Skogafiss falls. It is just a minute drive from Skigafiss falls parking lot. Although the apartment was a bit big for our family ..."

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

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Hotel Skógar
Hotel Skógar
3.5 out of 5
Skógarfoss, Rangárþing eystra, South Iceland
The price is $170 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Skogar Museum and Skogafoss. Solheimajokull is 3.1 mi (5 km) away.
4.2/5Excellent! (113 reviews)
"Lovely place! wondeful food!"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2021

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