Iceland is a country that is known the world over for its breathtaking landscapes and natural beauty. First-time visitors leave the island raving about the majesty and splendor gifted to us by Mother Nature. The country is known as the land of Fire and Ice thanks to the plethora of massive glaciers and explosive volcanoes. You could also call Iceland the land of waterfalls. Even though the country is only about the size of Kentucky, there are a staggering 10,000 plus waterfalls in Iceland. That around one per 30 citizens! The frequent precipitation in the form of rain and snow along with melting glacier water makes conditions ideal for such a large number of cascades. And Skógafoss is one of the country’s most beautiful examples. Located on the South Coast of Iceland about half an hour from Seljalandsfoss near the Ring Road, this cascade of falling water is a must-do on your Iceland itinerary.
About Skógafoss Waterfall
Skógafoss is one of Iceland’s largest and if a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Its impressive 60-meter (197 ft) drop produces quite a spray, and you’ll often see rainbows and double rainbows here on sunny days. One of the many things that set this waterfall apart from the rest is the fact that you can walk right up to it. Prepare to be drenched! There’s also an observation deck at the top. If you’re prepared to walk the 527 steps to reach it, you’ll be rewarded with impressive views.
There’s also a legend connected to Skógafoss. They say that there’s a chest filled with treasure and gold located behind it! Apparently, a Viking settler named Þrasi Þórólfsson hid the bounty there around the year 900 AD. Why not go and try to find the treasure?
Skógafoss Waterfall – How to Arrive
It’s extremely easy to get to Skógafoss by car. As you’re driving along the Ring Road, you just need to pull off onto the access road that leads to the Skógafoss parking lot. It’s about a 1.4 km (just under a mile) drive to the area where you leave your vehicle. When coming from Reykjavik, you’ll turn left about 29 km (18 mi) past Seljalandsfoss waterfall. If traveling from Vik, you’ll turn right about 33 km (20 mi) after leaving the small coastal town and its famous black sand beaches.
Camping at Skógafoss
One of the most popular activities at Skógafoss is camping. There’s a campsite where you can set up your tent and wake up to the sounds of water gushing and to the smell of fresh grass around. It’s a very green, beautiful campground, and many travelers have taken advantage of staying overnight here. You might even be able to set up your tent in a spot that affords you a prime view of the waterfall itself. There’s a hedge that will act as a natural wind barrier, so I suggest putting your tent directly in front. Be advised that this is a campsite with minimal facilities, so don’t expect any fancy bells or whistles. Also, if you camp here, know that there will also be tourists visiting the waterfall. They have to walk through the camping area in order to get to Skógafoss, so don’t expect any privacy. They also use the facilities, so be prepared for that.
Skógafoss Waterfall: Iceland’s Natural Beauty
When planning your Iceland road trip, be sure to make time for a stop at Skógafoss waterfall. You’ll be impressed, and the beautiful cascade will leave you in awe. When passing through South Iceland on the Ring Road be sure to pull off and pay it a visit. Just remember to bring a good rain jacket and waterproof hiking boots, you’re going to need them!
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