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Skógafoss Waterfall


Skógafoss waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland and also one of the favourite waterfalls of many Icelandic people. It is 62 m high and the car park is very close to it and it is a short walk to the waterfall.

It is a good stair up the hill to the top of the waterfall where you get a beautiful view of the waterfall and its surrounding.

The river Skógá has about 20 waterfalls in total, Skógafoss being the highest but the others are many as beautiful as Skógafoss. There is a trail by the river if you have time I recommend hiking further up the trail to explore more waterfalls. 

It is believed that Þrasi the Viking that settled Skógar during the settlement time did hide his golden chest behind Skógafoss so when the rainbow is sparkling in front of the waterfall is because of the reflection from the golden chest. The ring from Þrasi golden chest is stored in the Museum in Skógar

Skógafoss is also the starting point for the famous hiking trail Fimmvörðuháls, from Skógar to the valley Þórsmörk. The trail is open during summer. It can be demanding but very beautiful. For the trail, you need to have a good hiking experience and the right gear to take on rough nature and unpredictable weather. 

Directions from Eyvindarholt Hill House and Cabins

You head on to the main road from Eyvindarholt Hill House and Cabins, towards the east for about 30 kilometres, there you turn left to Skógar. The estimated driving time is around 30 minutes.

Waterfall Location: GPS: 63° 31.781' -19° 30.795'

Difficulty level: Easy

Walking distance (one way): 100 m

Estimated walking time (one way): 10 to 15 minutes

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Pictures from Skógafoss waterfall and surroundings

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