Skógá Waterfall Hike

One of the most impressive waterfalls in the South of Iceland, easily accessible at Route 1!

Skógá Waterfall Hike

The mighty Skógafoss is one of the prime locations on the south coast. It drops a total height of 60m from what used to be a coastline. Visitors can stand close or hike up stairs to see the waterfall from the top. There you also have a great view over the south coast! But while most people leave here, hiking up the Skógá river is very rewarding. The river has even more waterfall to offer, along with spectacular canyons, and great views over the nearby mountain range of Fimmvörðuháls. From there, the way continues into the Þórsmörk valley, but you can turn around at any time, making this hike very flexible for all conditions. Take a drink and bite at the Hotel Skogafoss afterwards!

hike

type

1-4 hours

duration

10 km

distance

3/5

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Details

duration

1-4 hours

distance

10 km

difficulty

3/5 - Easy to follow path, with a steady incline and some steeper sections that require sure footing.

tourist density

low to medium

Nearby

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Food & Drink

Hotel Skogafoss, Skógarfoss, Iceland

Food & Drink

Skógar Street Food, Skógarfoss, Iceland

Food & Drink

Gamla fjósið, Hvassafell, Eyjafjöllum, 861, Iceland

Toilets

Hotel Skogafoss, Skógarfoss, Iceland

Supermarkets

Krónan, Austurvegur 20, 870 Vík, Iceland

Hotels and camp grounds

Hotel Skogafoss, Skógarfoss, Iceland

Hotels and camp grounds

Guesthouse Skógafoss, Skógarfoss, Iceland

Location

(Nearest) address

Skógarfoss, Skógafoss, Iceland

Accessiblity

Directly at paved road, close to Route 1

GPS Coordinates

63.532000, -19.511333

Distance to Reykjavík

Reykjavík is 156 km away. It takes about 120 minutes (or 2 hours) to drive by car.

Distance to nearest town

Vík í Mýrdal is the nearest city at 34 km distance. It takes about 30 minutes (or 0.5 hours) to drive by car.

Parking

Summary

Large parking lot close to the waterfall with lots of traffic

Way to start of hike

short hike on gravel path

GPS Coordinates

63.529361, -19.513111

Google Maps Plus Code

GFHP+PQ Skógar, Iceland

Capacity

around 200

Security

none, but many visitors

Alternative

none, but many visitors

Costs

free

Tips for visiting

Recommended Car Type

normal car, no 4x4-drive needed

Don't miss

The deep gorges and views on the amazing waterfalls as you progress up the trail.

Recommended Equipment

Sturdy sport shoes or decent hiking boots

Photo Opportunities

Down onto the beach at the south. The gorges with their green moss, nearby volcanoes to the north (Eyjafjallajökull)!

Do's and don't

Stay on the designated paths. Respect the signs that close certain parts of the trail! Don't leave trash behind.

Things to watch out for

Some of the paths are close to the edges of the gorge. These paths are not always secured, especially after the winter, so don't take risks going too close or climbing into the gorge.

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