Skogafoss Waterfall, south Iceland

GPS POINTS N63° 31′ 54.500″ W19° 30′ 43.187″

Skogafoss Waterfall, south Iceland

Location: South Iceland
Directions from Reykjavík to Skogafoss waterfall on Google maps.
Duration: Cirka 2 hours and 10 minutes drive from Reykjavík to Skogafoss waterfall.

Skógafoss is one of Iceland’s biggest waterfalls with a width of 25 meters and an astounding drop of 60 meters. Located on the south coast of Iceland, this waterfall is the perfect place for a pit-stop if you’re feeling tired from all the travelling. The fall is also visible from Route 1. The river underneath Skógafoss is well-known to have salmon and char galore, thus being a beloved spot for fishermen during the summer. Due to its spray production, it is possible to witness a rainbow near the waterfall, any time the sun peaks from behind the clouds.

The land behind Skógafoss is rather flat, being an excellent location for visitors to walk towards the wall of water. Alongside, a steep staircase leading to an observational viewing point is also in place for those who wish to observe the view from above.

From Reykjavik: Take Highway 1 to Selfoss. You will cross through the town of Hveragerdi until you arrive at Selfoss. From there, continue on Highway 1 east. You will drive through the town of Hella and Hvolsvollur. From Hvolsvollur, the drive takes about 30 minutes until you will see Skogafoss waterfall on your left. You will past Seljalandsfoss about 10 minutes before arriving at Skogafoss. Make a left turn and park your car in the parking lot next to the waterfall.

At Skogafoss, you are in the heart of south Iceland. There are so many attractions waiting for you once you are there. As you will have made it to Skogafoss, you will have passed Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, one of Iceland’s most popular tourist destinations. If you drive 20 minutes east of Skogafoss, you will arrive at Vik, a charming town famous for its cliffs and black sandy beach. Vik is actually located next to Iceland’s most famous beach, Reynisfjara or the Black Sand Beach.

On your way to Vik from Skogafoss, you can also check out Dyrholaey, and not far from Skogafoss Waterfall is the accessible Solheimajokull glacier.