The Skogafoss Hike Above the Waterfall

by | Mar 21, 2018 | Blog, Iceland, Iceland Blog

If you are planning on heading to Skogafoss to take in some views of one of the best waterfalls that Iceland has to offer, you better also prepare yourself to an actual Skogafoss hike above the falls. The hike above Skogafoss along the Skoga River was one of the most picturesque hikes during my time in Iceland and one I was not even aware of when planning my trip. I put together this guide so I can help you make sure you are ready for this incredible hiking opportunity as you are putting together your Icelandic itinerary.

Skogafoss Waterfall

1. Skogafoss Overview

You might have thought that Skogafoss was merely a beautiful waterfall that you can climb up to the top of. However there is so much more to this waterfall that meets the eye. That of course is following the source of the waterfall and hiking along the Skoga river.

Before we get into the hiking portion, just in case that is not your thing, I wanted to give a quick overview of the waterfall and what you can do there. As you arrive at the waterfall you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal to it to snap some photos. Be careful though! As you start getting closer to the waterfall, you will be sure to feel the full force of it as it shoots up tons of mist towards the bottom of the falls.

After you are all done at the bottom make your way up along the right hand side of the waterfall, where there is a staircase to take you up to the top. After several hundred steps later you will have some great views to take in as Skogafoss barrels down beneath you.

Skogafoss Waterfall MistSkogafoss Waterfall Rainbow

 

2. Location of Skogafoss

Skogafoss is located on the southern coast of Iceland, about a two hour drive from the capital of Reykjavik. The map below shows the location of Skogafoss (marked A) but also shows the 15+ mile / 10 hour hike from Skogafoss to Thorsmork (called the Fimmvorduhals Hike). Now I won’t talk about the full 15 miler but will get into a bit more detail about the beginning of this epic hike that takes you to the mid marker on the map below.

 

If you do not have access to a car check out some highly rated Southern Iceland tours that can take you all along the coast

 

3. The Skogafoss Hike

Most people who visit Skogafoss will probably spend about one to two hours enjoying the views from the bottom and top of the waterfall. However, if you would like to make more of a day out of it and hike the beautiful Icelandic landscape for a few hours then this part is for you.

Once on top of Skogafoss you will see a path that begins to follow the river behind the waterfall. As mentioned above this path is actually part of a 15 mile hike that takes people 1-2 days to complete. Even though you probably will not have the time and energy to take part of the full hike, you should definitely take part of the first ~3 hours or so (5-6 hours round trip). The path itself is not too technical either so it is suitable for people of all ages.

 Skogafoss Waterfall Hike WaterfallsSkogafoss Hike Iceland RiverSkogafoss Hike Iceland Jump

 

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The hike along the river will be packed with waterfalls, greenery and 360 degree views. You will be crossing streams, going up and over rocks and getting up close and personal to the nature around you. As you continue up the trail you will see these blue poles each marked with a specific number. These give you an idea how far you are venturing from the start of the trail and help guide you in the right direction along the duration of the hike.

Skogafoss Waterfall Hike PolesSkogafoss Waterfall Hike 2Skogafoss Waterfall Hiking

A solid option for a turnaround point is approximately 3 hours into the hike (~5 or so miles in). At this point you will see a foot bridge that takes you across the Skoga river and onto the next portion of the trail. Instead of crossing over you can make the U-turn and head back down the trail in the direction you came in. If you follow this route the whole trip should take approximately 5-6 hours depending on fitness level and on how many times you stop during the hike. The great thing about it is you can just turnaround at any point of the hike if you do not have enough time to make it to the foot bridge. Whatever you decide it is sure to be an amazing experience with many lifelong memories.

 

Read Up On Some Top Rated Iceland Guide Books Before Your Trip


 

Skogafoss Hike Iceland WaterfallSkogafoss Waterfall Hike 4Skogafoss Waterfall Hike 3

After all the hiking you have done you can take a well deserved rest and food break at the great restaurant at the base of the waterfall (Center Fossbud) to refuel.

 

4. Where to Stay

The Skogafoss hike can make for a great day trip from Reykjavik (about 2 hours away). You can also easily add this onto your Rind Road itinerary if you are thinking about heading around the entire country. You can check out Booking.com for some great spots around Reykjavik by using the search box below.

You can also take a look at places near Vik if you are planning on staying nearby Skogafoss.

 

Booking.com

 

Top Accommodation Options

Reykjavik4you Apartments

Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel

Alda Hotel

Sandhotel

 

Take a look at our other Iceland itineraries and guides to help out with any other trip planning. Hope you enjoy your hiking experience along the Skoga River. Feel free to comment below with any questions!

 

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If you are planning on heading to Skogafoss to take in some views of one of the best waterfalls that Iceland has to offer, you better also prepare yourself to an actual Skogafoss hike above the falls. The hike above Skogafoss along the Skoga River was one of the most picturesque hikes during my time in Iceland and one I was not even aware of when planning my trip. I put together this guide so I can help you make sure you are ready for this incredible hiking opportunity as you are putting together your Icelandic itinerary.

Skogafoss Hike

1. Skogafoss Overview

You might have thought that Skogafoss was merely a beautiful waterfall that you can climb to the top of. However, there is so much more to this waterfall that meets the eye. That of course is following the source of the waterfall and hiking along the Skoga river.

Before we get into the hiking portion (just in case that is not your thing), I wanted to give a quick overview of the waterfall and what you can expect. The Skogafoss waterfall is by far one of the most visited waterfalls in all of Iceland. As it can either be done as a day trip from Reykjavik or visited along a Ring Road itinerary, expect Skogafoss to be one of the more popular sites during your trip. That however does not take away from the sheer beauty of the waterfall and what it offers its visitors.

As you arrive at the waterfall you will have the opportunity to snap some pictures from down below and hopefully you will have some rainbows to take in as well. If you are up for it, you actually can get quite close to the base of Skogafoss – but be warned it will get wet! The sheer size and force of the falls can be felt as you slowly approach the bottom.

After you are all done down below make your way up along the right hand side of the waterfall, where there is a staircase to take you up to the top. After several hundred steps later you will have some great views to take in as Skogafoss barrels down beneath you. You can spend some time taking in the view from up top before continuing along the path of the Skogafoss hike (more on that soon!).

Skogafoss Waterfall MistSkogafoss Waterfall Rainbow

 

2. Location of Skogafoss

Skogafoss is located on the southern coast of Iceland, about a two hour drive from the capital of Reykjavik. The map below shows the location of Skogafoss (marked A) but also shows the 15+ mile / 10 hour hike from Skogafoss to Thorsmork (called the Fimmvorduhals Hike). Now I won’t talk about the full 15 miler but will get into a bit more detail about the beginning of this epic hike that takes you to the mid marker on the map below.

 

If you do not have access to a car check out some highly rated Southern Iceland tours that can take you all along the coast

 

3. The Skogafoss Hike

Most people who visit Skogafoss will probably spend about one to two hours enjoying the views from the bottom and top of the waterfall. However, if you would like to make more of a day out of it and hike the beautiful Icelandic landscape for a few hours then this part is for you.

Once on top of Skogafoss you will see a path that begins to follow the river behind the waterfall. As mentioned above this path is actually part of a 15 mile hike that takes people 1-2 days to complete. Even though you probably will not have the time and energy to take part of the full hike, you should definitely take part of the first ~3 hours or so (5-6 hours round trip). The path itself is not too technical either so it is suitable for people of all ages.

 Skogafoss Waterfall Hike WaterfallsSkogafoss Hike Iceland RiverSkogafoss Hike Iceland Jump

 

Need a place to stay in Reykjavik? Check out some top rated hotels below:


Booking.com

 

The Skogafoss hike along the river will be packed with waterfalls, greenery and 360 degree views. You will be crossing streams, going up and over rocks and getting up close and personal to the nature around you. As you continue up the trail you will see these blue poles, each marked with a specific number. These give you an idea how far you are venturing from the start of the trail and help guide you in the right direction along the duration of the hike.

Skogafoss Waterfall Hike PolesSkoga River HikeSkogafoss Hike Canyon

A solid option for a turnaround point is approximately 3 hours into the hike (~5 or so miles in). At this point you will see a foot bridge that takes you across the Skoga river and onto the next portion of the trail. Instead of crossing over you can make the U-turn and head back down the trail in the direction you came in. If you follow this route the whole trip should take approximately 5-6 hours depending on fitness level and on how many times you stop during the hike. The great thing about it is you can just turnaround at any point of the hike if you do not have enough time to make it to the foot bridge. Whatever you decide it is sure to be an amazing experience with many lifelong memories.

 

Read Up On Some Top Rated Iceland Guide Books Before Your Trip


 

Skogafoss Waterfall Hike 4Skogafoss Hike GreenerySkogafoss Waterfall Hike

After all the hiking you have done you can take a well deserved rest and food break at the great restaurant at the base of the waterfall (Center Fossbud) to refuel.

 

4. Where to Stay

The Skogafoss hike can make for a great day trip from Reykjavik (about 2 hours away). You can also easily add this onto your Rind Road itinerary if you are thinking about heading around the entire country. Take a look at places near Vik if you are planning on staying nearby Skogafoss.

Top Accommodation Options in Reykjavik

1. Reykjavik4you Apartments

2. Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel

3. Alda Hotel

4. Sandhotel

5. Canopy by Hilton

 

Want to learn more about Iceland? Take a look at our other Iceland itineraries and guides to help out with any other trip planning. Hope you enjoy your Skogafoss hike experience! Feel free to comment below with any questions!

 

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