Skogafoss Waterfall

Skogafoss waterfall is "fighting" with Gullfoss as Iceland's most famous waterfall.

Skógafoss is a large and picturesque waterfall located on the south coast of Iceland, near Skógar. It is one of the country's most popular and easily accessible waterfalls, known for its impressive height and powerful flow.

The breathtaking view of Skogáfoss waterfall, the scenic surroundings and the snow-capped heights of two towering glaciers are Skógar's major summer attractions. 

The waterfall has a very high volume of water, which means it can produce a rainbow mist. This is a photographer`s dream to get the opportunity to take beautiful pictures. 

Skógafoss is about 60 meters high and 25 meters wide and is fed by the Skógá River, which originates from highland glaciers. The waterfall's mist creates a stunning rainbow on sunny days, making it a popular spot for photography and sightseeing.


How to visit the waterfall

Visitors can walk right up to the waterfall's base, although the mist can make the area slippery, and caution is advised. There is also a staircase leading up to a viewing platform at the top of the waterfall, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

In addition to its natural beauty, Skógafoss also has a rich history and cultural significance. According to legend, a Viking settler named Þrasi buried a treasure behind the waterfall in a cave, but it was never found. Today, visitors can see a replica of Þrasi's sword at the Skógar Museum, located nearby.

Overall, Skógafoss is a stunning and iconic destination that is well worth a visit for anyone travelling to Iceland. Its dramatic beauty and accessibility make it a must-see landmark on any tour of the country's south coast.


Getting here

You will find Skógar village about 150 km east of Reykjavik and a few kilometres away from the south shores of Iceland. 

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  • Lattitude: 63.525551
  • Longitude: -19.510115