Skógafoss is a breathtaking waterfall located in the southern part of Iceland. It is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, known for its powerful flow and stunning natural beauty. The waterfall is 60 meters (197 feet) tall and 25 meters (82 feet) wide and drops from a height of 60 meters (197 feet) into a deep pool below. The water flows from the Skógá River, which has its source in the nearby Mýrdalsjökull glacier. The mist generated by the waterfall often creates a rainbow, adding to its beauty. Skógafoss is also a popular hiking destination, with a trail that leads to the top of the waterfall, offering a panoramic view of the surrounding area. Visitors can also explore the Skógar museum nearby, which tells the story of the local area and its history. Skógafoss is a must-see destination for any traveler visiting Iceland and it’s a great place to experience the country’s natural beauty.
Skógafoss is the most photographed scene in Iceland. When the sun reflects off the constant spray of the waterfall, it produces a beautiful single or double rainbows. This brings it into one of the most visited location in Iceland, along with the other close by highlight, the stunning Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. Skógafoss translates to “forest waterfall”.
Guided Tours to Skogafoss waterfall
Where It Is Situated and How to Get There
Skogafoss is either the starting or ending of one of the most popular and exciting summertime hiking trails in Iceland, Fimmvörðuháls. Skogafoss waterfall is situated south of Eyjafjallajökull volcano and Þórsmörk Nature Reserve. Along the Skógá river, the waterfall lies in the sea cliffs of the former Icelandic coastline, which has receded by 5 km. Despite this, the cliffs remain intact with a curtain of water magnificently flowing from a height of 60-meters. The unique waterfall is a direct offspring of two glaciers, Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull.
Easy to reach by road, the waterfall is around 150 km away from the Capital of Iceland, Reykjavik. Making it highly accessible from the main road, it falls only 2 km from the ring road and 500 meters off-road 1. Following the simple route signs navigating to ‘Skógá’ or ‘Skogafoss’, you will be led to the parking area near the foot of the grand Skogafoss.
About Skogafoss and What You Will Find
Standing at the misty foot of the waterfall, it is possible to walk right up to the overwhelming magnitude of the water to embrace this glorious marvel of nature. You can relish the scene from the bottom of the falls and photograph the calm view from varying angles to capture the scattering rainbows formed by the powerful spray of the falls. The dense veil of water will envelop you in a cloud of heavy spray, with a melancholy sound of the water crashing into the pool below for you to just close your eyes and enjoy!
For the adventure enthusiasts and for those who have navigated their way to the waterfall for the complete beauty of the scenic view, there is much more waiting for you! Challenge yourself and trail to the top of the cliffs for another breathtaking view. After a climb of 370 steep stairs, the rewarding spectacle of the south Icelandic coastline will surely be worth it! At the top, there is a specifically fashioned observational pedestal for you to stand upon and breathe in the tranquil view in all its glory. Over the fall and towards the sea cliffs, you will behold the exquisite scene of the Atlantic Ocean!
The Skógafoss Folklore
As legend has it, a Viking named Thrasi hoarded his treasure of gold and jewels in a cave under Skógafoss. There have been many who have attempted to unfold the mystery of the chest of gold and it is so believed that a young man once discovered the hidden treasure. Though he almost succeeded, he tied a rope to the ring-style handle to pull it out of its place of deep burial. Unfortunately, as the story goes, the handle broke off and that was all he got his hands on. The ring is now said to be adorned on the church door at Skógá.
Apart from the legends and stories associated with Skogafoss, the everlasting beauty of the waterfall has gained admiration across the globe, inviting visitors to indulge in its splendor. It has been featured in various movies and has become one of the most popular must-sees on the top of the checklist when visiting Iceland.