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Skogafoss

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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Lodging Near Skogafoss

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Hotel Edda Skogar
Hotel Edda Skogar

Hotel Edda Skogar

Hvolsvöllur, Skogar
     
    3.2
    of 5, from 168 reviews
    2.0 out of 5.0

    Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Skogar Open Air Museum and Skogafoss. Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre and Solheimajokull are also within 9 mi (15 km).

    Hotel Skogafoss $149
    Hotel Skogafoss

    Hotel Skogafoss

    Skogar, Skogar
       
      4.1
      of 5, from 227 reviews
      2.5 out of 5.0

      Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Skogar Open Air Museum and Skogafoss. Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre and Solheimajokull are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      Welcome Guesthouse Edinborg $70
      Welcome Guesthouse Edinborg

      Welcome Guesthouse Edinborg

      Lambafell, Eyvindarholar
         
        3.0
        of 5, from 229 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in the mountains, this guesthouse is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre and within 6 mi (10 km) of Skogafoss and Skogar Open Air Museum. Solheimajokull is 11.7 mi (18.8 km) away.

        Welcome Hotel Lambafell $95
        Welcome Hotel Lambafell

        Welcome Hotel Lambafell

        Lambafell, Eyvindarholar
           
          3.7
          of 5, from 400 reviews
          2.5 out of 5.0

          Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre and within 6 mi (10 km) of Skogafoss and Skogar Open Air Museum. Solheimajokull is 11.6 mi (18.7 km) away.

          Welcome Holiday homes $99
          Welcome Holiday homes

          Welcome Holiday homes

          Lambafell, Eyvindarholar
             
            4.0
            of 5, from 22 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in Eyvindarholar, this cabin is close to Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre. Area attractions also include Skogafoss and Skogar Open Air Museum.

            UMI Hotel $192
            UMI Hotel

            UMI Hotel

            Leirnavegur 243, Eyvindarholar
               
              4.8
              of 5, from 63 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Situated by the ocean, this hotel is in the same area as Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre, Skogafoss, and Skogar Open Air Museum. Regional attractions also include Eyjafjallajokull and Solheimajokull.

              North Star Cottage $95
              North Star Cottage

              North Star Cottage

              Lambafell Hvolsvöllur, Eyvindarholar
                 
                3.5
                of 5, from 86 reviews
                2.5 out of 5.0

                Situated in a rural location, this cottage is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre and within 6 mi (10 km) of Skogafoss and Skogar Open Air Museum. Solheimajokull is 11.6 mi (18.7 km) away.

                North Star Guesthouse
                North Star Guesthouse

                North Star Guesthouse

                Lambafell, Eyvindarholar
                   
                  2.3
                  of 5, from 18 reviews
                  2.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Eyvindarholar, this guesthouse is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre and within 6 mi (10 km) of Skogar Open Air Museum and Skogafoss. Solheimajokull is 11.6 mi (18.7 km) away.