Explore Skógafoss in the Winter

Skógafoss, Iceland, Iceland

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With an intimidating 60 meter drop, Skógafoss is one of Iceland’s biggest waterfalls. Millions of gallons of glacier water melt to create a roaring flow all year long. It's a short walk with easy access stairs to get to the top of the falls. The trailhead at top of the falls leads to over 20 more waterfalls.

Throughout all seasons of the year, Skógafoss is one of Iceland’s most visited waterfalls. This waterfall is in the top 5 largest in the country, with a dizzying drop of 60 meters. Skógafoss is especially unique because it comes directly from two glaciers. Millions of gallons of glacier water cascade over the huge cliff every day. Because it is located right off the Ring Road in a small town called Skóga, many people stop by for a quick photo op. Skógafoss is much less crowded during the winter time and the cliffs are covered in snow. From the parking lot, you’ll be able to see the falls which are just a short walk away.

The weather in Iceland is quite volatile and can change in a matter of minutes, so be sure to dress warm and be prepared for rain or snow without notice. During the summertime, the waterfall and surrounding cliffs take on a different character and you can often see a rainbow through the great mist produced by the falls. You can get as close to the falls as you want, but be warned that the mist is quite powerful. After you’re done exploring around the waterfall, you can take the set of stairs on the eastern side of the falls which leads you to a viewing deck at the top of the falls. These stairs are also the beginning of the Fimmvörðuháls pass. This trail, which goes between the Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull which leads to Þorsmörk, has upwards of 20 waterfalls along its path. There’s also a rumor that one of the first settlers in Iceland, Þrasi Þórólfsson, hid a treasure chest somewhere behind Skógafoss.

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  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Neutral density filter
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm clothes
  • Shoes with good traction
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This is a must see if you're in Iceland! You can see it from the parking lot but there's nothing like walking right up next to it. So powerful! We saw the northern lights faintly shine above these falls and I'll never forget it.

7 months ago
7 months ago

We went in early March and the waterfall looked beautiful with a fresh coat of snow and a little sunshine. It was crowded during the day from tour buses but at night and early-morning we had the place to ourselves. If you're willing to get a little wet you can cross the river and get some unique photos from up on the hillside.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

We went to see Skogafoss in the winter although there wasn't too much snow on the ground, luckily. We did get lucky enough to have some sun, giving us the beautiful double rainbows across the falls.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Extremely easy access to get to this waterfall and if you are lucky enough you can actually catch a moon bow in the mist if you are photographing it at night! Also would be a great place to try and catch the northern lights!

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

This makes a great foreground for northern lights shots.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

Besides being a stunning waterfall, it is also one of the most accessible waterfalls in the area, which allows for all types of individuals to enjoy it!

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

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