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Skógafoss waterfall


Skógafoss waterfall
Skógafoss waterfall

Skógafoss (Forest waterfall) is often referred to as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. It has all the ingredients of a great natural wonder. The amount of water is excessive, the form of the waterfall is almost perfect in its rectangular shape, the 60-meter drop makes it impressive, and the width of 25 meters puts it into a great perspective. On the ground in front of the waterfall, the amount of spray continuously produced by the falling water quite often creates both a single and a double rainbow visible on any given day when the sun is shining. The rainbows are quite vivid and fall-bound enough to be almost touchable.


Skógafoss waterfall on the South Shore on the map of Iceland
Skógafoss waterfall on the South Shore on the map of Iceland

A feast of waterfalls in the Skógá river

Frozen Skógafoss waterfall in winter
Frozen Skógafoss waterfall in winter

The cliffs around the waterfall are former sea cliffs when the shoreline was by Skógarfoss but has now moved five km south. On the eastern side of the waterfall, you'll find steps to the most popular hiking routes in Iceland, towards the Fimmvörðuháls pass. Once there, you are halfway to the beautiful Highland oasis of Þórsmörk. Hiking the Skógaheiði moors, you will be amazed at the sheer number of waterfalls and rapids adorning the Skógá River. Indeed, 22 of them are more beautiful than the other. It is really a feast of waterfalls.


Accessible for everyone on the Ring Road in Iceland

Skógafoss waterfall in summer
Skógafoss waterfall in summer

Mind you, you don't have to undertake heavy trekking to enjoy the Skógafoss waterfall. Skógarfoss is only two kilometers from the Ring Road in Iceland and easily accessible and visible from the main road, the Ring Road in Iceland. It is quite an experience to stand next to the mighty fall. It puts the world in a brand new perspective, and one tends to feel a bit insignificant. Climb the steps to enjoy the fall from the top and the view towards the Atlantic Ocean is a bonus.


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