Skogafoss is a waterfall situated on the Skoga River in the south of Iceland at the cliffs of the former coastline. After the coastline had receded seaward (it is now at a distance of about 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) from Skogar village), the former sea cliffs remained. Skogafoss is unique because the waterfall comes directly from two glaciers, Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull.

Climbing the 370 steps to the top of Skogafoss waterfall rewards visitors with an awe-inspiring view out over southern Iceland’s coastline. This is also the start of the Fimmvorduhals pass, a popular hiking route. Standing at 60 meters (197 ft) tall, the heavy veil of water is impressive and walking close enough envelops visitors in a cloud of spray, sound and refracted light. Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces, a single or double rainbow is normally visible on sunny days.

Legend has it that a Viking named Thrasi hid his hoarded gold under the falls. Many have tried to find the chest of gold and legend has it that a young man almost succeeded. He tied a rope to the chest handle ring and pulled. He only retrieved the ring, which was later used for the church door at Skogar. The river below the falls holds a large salmon and char population and fisherman are seen here fishing from July - October.

Skogafoss waterfall is often included along with Seljalandfoss in the Golden Circle route. It offer great photo opportunities, especially in winter when the Northern Lights dance across the sky. 

How to get to Skogafoss

Skogafoss is a two hour drive from Reykjavik (155km), and 28km from Seljalandsfoss. Follow the ring road eastwards from Reykjavik, and eventually you will be able see Skogafoss from the road. Turn left to get to the parking lot, around one kilometer from the main road.

Is there an entrance fee at Skogafoss?

No entrance fee is charged at Skogafoss.

Skogafoss camping site

Right by Skogafoss is a camping are, where travellers can stay for a small fee.

Fimmvorduhals – Skogafoss hiking trail

As mentioned earlier, Skogafoss can be either the starting or the ending point of one of the most popular hiking trails in Iceland, Fimmvorduhals. The hike, which is only available in the summertime, is 25 km and generally finished in a day or two.