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Skogafoss – Iceland

Skogafoss is one of the most popular waterfalls in Iceland and is in the top 5 largest in the country. Aside from the millions of gallons of glacial melt-water cascading over this huge cliff, Skogafoss offers camping and hiking for the adventurous visitor.  It is an impressive curtain of glacier melt water.  Skogafoss is unique because the waterfall comes directly from two glaciers.


Skogafoss sits under the Mýrdalsjökull between Vík and Hvolsvöllur. It is 20 kilometers from Seljalandsfoss. Although the falls now sit some 5 kilometers back from the sea, it used to fall into the sea. One of the first settlers in Iceland, Þrasi Þórólfsson is rumoured to have hidden a treasure chest behind the falls. This is obviously just one of those rumours that was spread to kill stupid travelers. In almost every inaccessible spot in Iceland there is this story of hidden treasure.

Skogafoss Mid Summer

Skogafoss waterfall: Top #Iceland photo locations

Skogafoss Mid Winter

Skogafoss snow scene: Top #Iceland photo locations

There is a set of stairs on the eastern side of the falls which offers great views of the falls to visitors, but for hikers this is the start of the Fimmvörðuháls pass… a hiking route between the Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull which leads to Þorsmörk. Both the names ‘Þorsmörk’ and ‘Skógafoss’ suggest forest land.

4 years ago, the area suffered badly under the ash from the Eyjafjallajökull.

Skogafoss waterfall Iceland photo locations

Skogafoss waterfall Iceland photo locations

Photo hints:

Skogafoss frozen

Photo tours that visit Skogafoss

Two day South Coast & Jökulsarlon

This 2 day Iceland Photo Tour includes Jökulsarlon and the South coast – with chance for Auroras on the glacier lagoon and sunrise on the ice beach.

Four day Geysirs & Glaciers

This four day Photo Tour of the Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir, South coast, Jökulsárlón and Höfn offer a huge range of photo opportunities.

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