One of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland, Skógafoss has a width of 25m and a drop of 60m. It’s formed by the Skógá River in the south of Iceland plunging off a cliff that was part of the former coastline (the ocean having receded about 5km). There are at least another twenty waterfalls along the Skógá river above Skógafoss. A rainbow is often usually visible on sunny days from the amount of spray produced by the waterfall.
The waterfall has also been used as the location of a number of movies, including Thor: The Dark World, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and a scene in Season 8 of the Game of Thrones series.
At the eastern side of the waterfall, a hiking trail leads up to the top of the falls and continues to the Fimmvörðuháls Pass between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökul.
The first section of the hiking path take you above the waterfall, where a viewing platform provides impressive views of the top of the falls and its signature rainbow from a platform.
Getting to Skógafoss
Skógafoss waterfall is about 150km from Reykjavík, on Ring Road 1. From the carprk a walking path leads to the base of the falls, and there is a hiking trail (with about 500 steps) that take you to a viewing platform at the top of the waterfall. As a popular tourist attraction on the “Golden Circle” route, try and visit early or late in the day to avoid the crowds.
More information on Skógafoss
This was one of the many waterfalls (and countless other natural attractions) on our week-long Circuit around Iceland.