Skógá Waterfall Hike

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

Skógá Waterfall Hike

Hiking along the Skogá river from Skógafoss in the south of Iceland is a popular and scenic activity that offers beautiful views and the opportunity to explore a unique natural landscape. The Skógafoss waterfall is located in the Skógar area of the south coast, and it is one of the largest and most impressive waterfalls in the country. 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. But while most people leave here, hiking up the Skógá river is very rewarding.

From the top of the waterfall, you can follow the Skogá river on a hiking trail that takes you through a beautiful and varied landscape. The trail is relatively easy and follows the river as it flows through fields and forests. Along the way, you'll have the opportunity to spot a variety of wildlife, including birds, sheep, and Icelandic horses. The trail offers several resting points where you can take a break and enjoy the views, and it is a great way to experience the beauty of the south coast of Iceland.

The river has even more waterfalls 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.

When hiking along the Skogá river, it is important to come prepared with the right gear and supplies, including proper clothing, water, and snacks. Grab a drink and bite at the Hotel Skogafoss afterwards!



1-4 hours


10 km







Weather today




Road conditions




1-4 hours


10 km


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

tourist density

low to medium


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Hotel Skogafoss, Skógarfoss, Iceland

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Skógar Street Food, Skógarfoss, Iceland

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Gamla fjósið, Hvassafell, Eyjafjöllum, 861, Iceland


Hotel Skogafoss, Skógarfoss, Iceland


Krónan, Austurvegur 20, 870 Vík, Iceland

Hotels and camp grounds

Hotel Skogafoss, Skógarfoss, Iceland

Hotels and camp grounds

Guesthouse Skógafoss, Skógarfoss, Iceland


(Nearest) address

Skógarfoss, Skógafoss, Iceland


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.



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


around 200


none, but many visitors


none, but many visitors



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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