With a staggering width of 25 meters (82 feet) and a plunge of 60 meters (197 feet), Skógafoss is one of Iceland’s largest and most stunning waterfalls.
This impressive cascade, which sits on the Skógá river and is easily visible from Route 1, is a great place to stop and stretch your legs when traveling down Iceland’s South Coast. Due to the abundance of char and salmon in the river below Skógafoss, it is a popular summertime fishing location.
Every time the sun comes out from under the clouds, there is at least one rainbow because of the volume of spray the waterfall creates.
Visitors can stroll right up to the water’s edge because the terrain directly beneath the waterfall is so flat. Even though it can be enticing on a hot summer day, doing this will leave you wet.
A steep stairway leads to an observation deck above Skógafoss, where Skógafoss can also be seen. On the ascent, one can see a lot of seabird nests.
South of the Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano, Skógafoss is situated close to the little settlement of Skógar. There is also a regional museum with numerous relics from this region, as well as the Skógasafn Folk Museum, an outdoor museum with both old wooden houses and turf cottages.
The Museum of Transportation, which is a division of the Skógasafn Regional Museum, provides an overview of the development of transportation, communication, and technology in Iceland throughout its history. You can observe there how this country changed from the working-horse era to the digital communications of the twenty-first century.
A hotel and a restaurant may be found in the village of Skógar, as well as a café and a museum store at the Skógasafn museum.
The Fimmvöruháls pass, one of Iceland’s most famous hiking paths, is located on the eastern side of Skógafoss. The 22 kilometer (14 mile) trail passes between the Mrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers and the Skógá river before arriving at the stunning órsmörk valley.
Along with Seljalandsfoss, which is located a little further along the South Coast, Skógafoss is frequently visited. While Skógafoss is significantly more powerful, Seljalandsfoss has a cave behind it, making it possible to completely encircle it. Both waterfalls fall from identically tall cliffs. It is also close to the Gljfrabi Waterfall, a considerably less well-known but no less magnificent waterfall.