If you are on the internet these days, then you have probably seen a photo of Skogafoss Waterfall in Iceland! This stunning Iceland waterfall is unforgettable and one of the most popular places to visit in Iceland. Those rainbows you see in all the photos of Skogafoss? 100% real and easily visible to the naked eye!
When standing at the base of Skogafoss Iceland, you will really feel your own humanity as you face off against this giant of nature! Skogafoss tosses over millions of gallons of water and has been doing so for thousands and thousands of years. Seeing Skogafoss Waterfall in person is an extremely moving experience. Once you visit Skogafoss Iceland, you will want to return again and again!
5 Things To Know About Skogafoss Waterfall Iceland
#1 You Can Drive From Reykjavik To Skogafoss In Under Two Hours
Believe it or not, Skogafoss Waterfall is actually closer to Reykjavik than you might think! Many people choose to visit Gullfoss Waterfall along Iceland’s Golden Circle but it takes only about 20-30 minutes more to visit Skogafoss Waterfall on Iceland’s south coast! The drive from Reykjavik to Skogafoss Iceland is 97 miles long and takes about 1 hour and 54 minutes depending on weather conditions and how many stops you make along the way. The drive to Skogafoss Waterfall is easy and direct as you will be on Iceland’s Ring Road heading east the entire time!
You can see Skogafoss from the Ring Road and most GPS’s recognize the location so it is quite easy to navigate and find your way to this waterfall.
Skogafoss Iceland makes a great day trip from Reykjavik, or if you are doing an Iceland road trip and have more time, you can stay the night! We recommend spending the night in Vik or Selfoss, depending on which way you are headed and how long you are looking to explore the area surrounding Skogafoss.
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#2 You Can Actually Climb To The Top Of Skogafoss Iceland For A Unique View
People either visit Skogafoss Waterfall on one of Iceland’s many tours or on their own self-drive trip around the island. They will walk around the waterfall for a few minutes and get back in the car or bus and depart. We recommend staying longer so you really have time to soak in all that Skogafoss Iceland has to offer. Once you are done marveling at Skogafoss from below, head to your right where you will find steep steps/a trail.There are almost 500 steps and the climb is pretty steep.
You can climb these steps to the very top of the waterfall for a unique perspective from above. Compared to the number of people that admire Skogafoss Waterfall from below, not as many choose to venture to the top of the waterfall. While you are up there, make sure to turn completely around and enjoy the expansive view of the south Iceland coast as you watch the river from the base of Skogafoss Waterfall flow out to meet the ocean.
#3 The Bathrooms At Skogafoss Waterfall Cost Money To Use…..Sometimes
Yep, like many other bathrooms in Iceland, the toilets at Skogafoss cost money to use. The restrooms are located at the entrance to the Skogafoss Iceland parking lot on the right-hand side. They are nothing to be proud of and are not the cleanest. Think of them more like a bathroom you might see at a state or national park as far as cleanliness goes, except it is a bathroom that you have to pay for.
One time we went the payment station was working and the next time we visited the payment station was completely and utterly broken so the bathrooms were free. Unfortunately, when visiting Skogafoss Iceland you have probably been driving for quite a while so you will most likely pay these bathrooms a visit. Make sure you have some money on hand in the event it is a true emergency and you really need to use the restroom. The pay box may or may not be active so it will be a surprise when you arrive at Skogafoss Waterfall in Iceland!
#4. You Can Visit Skogafoss Anytime Of The Year But Be Very Careful When You Visit During Winter
Skogafoss Waterfall is open 24/7/365 so no matter what time of year you visit Iceland, you can pay this famous waterfall a visit! We have actually visited twice when it was snowy ourselves and on one trip Skogafoss was green and the next day it was snowed in! When visiting Skogafoss Iceland in Winter, you must be extremely careful.
The combination of the water, snow, and cold coat the rocks at the base of Skogafoss Waterfall with a dangerously slippery ice. It is still possible to walk on the ice to reach the base of the waterfall, but you must be aware and be super careful. When packing for Iceland, especially if you know it will be snowy/icy, make sure to bring crampons or a walking stick to help you navigate the ice. If you didn’t have time to grab these items before you left, tread with care. Many people take spills when visiting Skogafoss Waterfall and we can attest to just how slippery and unsuspecting the icy rocks and ground can be!
#5 There Are Food And Lodging Options At Skogafoss Iceland, But They Are Very Expensive
Everything in Iceland is expensive. That being said, some things in Iceland are extra expensive and the food and lodging right by Skogafoss Waterfall fall into the second category! When you turn off the ring road to visit Skogafoss Waterfall you will go down a road and then will make a left to the Skogafoss parking lot. Off that first road, you turned onto there will be a variety of food and lodging options but be warned that they are on the pricey side so if you are trying to visit Iceland on a budget, it is probably best to skip staying or eating here!
We always suggest heading to one of the grocery stores in Iceland and stocking up on snacks and lunch food which ends up being much cheaper than eating at the most expensive places around like the ones nearby Skogafoss Waterfall in Iceland. As mentioned above, if you are looking for somewhere more affordable to stay, try heading to Vik or Selfoss, or even driving back to Reykjavik for the night!
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