At the end of the Skógá River near Iceland's southern coast is Skógafoss, one of the country's most famous waterfalls. Cascading 200 feet (60 metres) over dramatic black rock cliffs and contrasting spectacularly against the emerald green landscapes surrounding it, it is considered to be the "perfect waterfall". It's equally stunning in winter, when the snow covers the falls in a sparkling white mantle.
Skógafoss can be admired both from below, where the curtain of water forms a rainbow on sunny days, and from above. Those brave enough to climb the more than 400 steps can enjoy unparalleled views of the southern coast of Iceland from a metal balcony at the top, and watch how the water falls furiously and endlessly over the rocks.
The legend of Skógafoss
A mysterious legend amongst locals in southern Iceland tells that behind the huge curtain of water at Skógafoss lies a precious treasure. According to the tale, it was hidden behind the waterfall many centuries ago by the Viking Þrasi Þórólfsson.
Skógafoss in Vikings
Among the many films and series shot in Iceland, Vikings is one of the most prominent. Alongside other impressive places on the island such as Reynisdrangar, the black beach at Vík, Skógafoss is one of the most recognisable locations in the History Channel series.
Just like with the tourists who visit it, Skógafoss leaves Floki, one of the most charismatic characters in Vikings, completely speechless.
How to get to Skógafoss?
The waterfall is located in the south of Iceland, just two hours' drive from Reykjavik, so there are several ways to get there.
The easiest and most comfortable way to visit Skógafoss is to book an organised tour along the south coast of Iceland, stopping at places like Seljalandsfoss and Vatnajökull Glacier as well. Take a look at our South Coast Tour: Glaciers and Waterfalls and book online in advance.
The last way to get to Skógafoss from Reykjavik is by bus, however this is the least convenient option, as it involves a number of bus changes and the journey can take up to five hours.