Hike to the Falls above Skógafoss

Skógafoss, Iceland

Go beyond Iceland's most famous waterfall and spend time getting to know the river that makes it.

You can see Skogafoss from the highway. You will also immediately see the tourist buses and the throngs of people working hard to make the same photo. Yes the waterfall is truly amazing (put on your rain gear and get as close as possible to feel its power), but there is so much this river has to offer. Go up the stairs to the right side of the falls to the upper viewing platform. This is where you can say goodbye to the other tourists when you climb over the fence (don't worry, there is a ladder to help) and continue going up the river. As you continue, you will pass dozens of small to medium falls, each full of life and color. You can go as long as you wish, but it is far enough away that you'll get to experience the power of the Skoga river by yourself, which makes it all worth while.

To check this out Skógafoss in the winter, check out this adventure.

Pack List

  • Backpack
  • Water (though you can drink water from streams in Iceland, it's hard to get down to it in the canyon)
  • Snacks
  • Rain jacket
  • Camera
  • Tripod
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RT Distance 3 Miles
Elevation Gain 300 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Waterfall

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Gorgeous Hike Without The Crowds

Skogafoss is a powerful waterfall that you don't want to miss, but the best part is taking the trail past the top lookout. You don't need to climb the sheep fence anymore, since they've added a gate. The numerous waterfalls and rock formations in the river along the trail are pretty incredible. There was only one other person on the trail who was far ahead of me, so I felt like I had the place to myself. Just me and the grazing sheep. I didn't make it to the hut due to the late hour, but I will be back one day to hike the whole trail. Fantastic!

Go further for even more stunning views

Did this hike a few weeks ago and it's stunning. Continue all the way up the trail from Skogafoss for 14km until you reach the mountain hut at about 1000m elevation. See canyons, waterfalls even more stunning than Skogafoss and, views to die for. Reward yourself at the top by being between two glaciers with one of them the famous Eyjafjallajökull. Take a lunch break in the mountain hut (1500 ISK donation to the warden for use of facilities) before continuing back down. 28km round trip but well worth it. Planning on going back to do the full 6 day walk from Landmannalaugar.

Beautiful and Private

Did this in March, and it was beyond beautiful. The water is (almost) as blue as gatorade, no joke. It's a great area to explore on your own as well, less crowds. If you are looking for less crowds in general, then get AWAY from Reykjavik. The northern and eastern coasts are absolutely breathtaking, and have a lot less tourist traffic.


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