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Skógafoss - Waterfall

Only a few kilometers away from the south shores of Iceland, lies the village of Skógar along the Southern Ring Road. It is a popular summer-resort centre surrounded by unusual scenic beauty. The breath-taking view of Skogáfoss waterfall and scenic surroundings and the snow-capped heights of two towering glaciers are Skógar's major summer attractions. There are two settlements by this name. One is Ytri-Skógar (outer or western Skógar) and the other Eystri-Skógar (eastern Skógar), located at a short distance from each other. Ytri-Skógar, commonly referred to as Skógar, is the main settlement. It is an old farm and has a church from 1890. It is located between the Skógá and Kverná rivers.
The greatest attraction of Skógar is of course the beautiful 60-metre high Skogáfoss waterfall in the river Skógá. Like the legends of buried treasures of Egill Skallagrímsson in Mosfell near Reykjavík and Ketilbjörn in Mosfell near Skálholt, there is a similar legend about the settler Þrasi who is believed to have buried his chest of gold under the Skogáfoss waterfall.
If the sun conditions are favourable - one can see a vivid rainbow in front of the waterfalls. The river below the falls holds a large salmon and char population and fisherman are seen here fishing July - October. The path leading to the top of the waterfalls continues following the river upstream - where numerous more dramatic waterfalls of sheer beauty are to be found. A great hike - to say the least!
One of the finest folk museums in Iceland is situated in extraordinarily beautiful natural surroundings. The interesting local folk museum has a collection of over 6000 artifacts and examples of various types of dwellings in Iceland since the early times. The collection of tools and equipment used at land and sea is outstanding. The museum also has an old turf farmhouse, where guests can experience the standards of living in Iceland in past centuries.
From Skógar the Ring Road runs eastwards along the foot of Mýrdalsjökull glacier, across the southern sandy plains and over glacial rivers, passes Seljavellir and continues along the soaring glaciated massive of Eyjafjöll and the two waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Gljúfrabúi. From here runs a 10 km long trek along the river Skógá over the Fimmvörðuháls Pass between the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers to the mountain oasis of Þórsmörk.
Skógar is a place to explore the natural diversity of the south or, if the weather is good, to spend a holiday amid beautiful and rugged landscapes. It is also very close to the ocean and the unique black beach.

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Skógafoss - Waterfall
GPS Points N63° 31' 54.500" W19° 30' 43.187"
Postal code

861

Road number

1

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Hótel Skógar
Hotels
  • Ytri Skógar
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-4880, 487-8843
Grand Guesthouse Garðakot
Guesthouses
  • Garðakot
  • 871 Vík
  • 8942877
Welcome Hotel Lambafell
Guesthouses
  • Lambafell
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-1212
Sólheimahjáleiga
Guesthouses
  • Mýrdal
  • 871 Vík
  • 864-2919, 864-2919, 487-1305
Farmhouse Lodge
Guesthouses
  • Skeiðflöt
  • 871 Vík
  • 571-5879
Skálakot Manor Luxury Hotel
Guesthouses
  • Skálakot
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-8953, 866-4891
Vestri Pétursey II
Cottages
  • Mýrdal
  • 871 Vík
  • 8939907, 845-9907
Fossbúð
Restaurants
  • Ytri Skógar
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-8843
Hotel Drangshlíð
Farm Holidays
  • Drangshlíð 1, Austur-Eyjafjöllum, Rang.
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 4878868, 568-8869
Skógar Camping Ground
Camping
  • Skógum
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 863-8064, 487-8892
North Star Cottage
Cottages
  • Lambafell
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 8980187
Hvammból Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Hvammból
  • 871 Vík
  • 863-2595 , 892-9785
The Garage Apartments
Apartments
  • Varmahlíð
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-8962, 896-5727
Eystri Sólheimar
Farm Holidays
  • Mýrdalur
  • 871 Vík
  • 487-1316
Ysta-Skála
Guesthouses
  • Ysti-Skáli
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 891-8963
Nupur 3
Farm Holidays
  • Núpur 3
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 867-6023
Old farmhouse - Vallnatún cabin
Guesthouses
  • Vallatún lóð
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 8401119
Vellir Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Vellir
  • 871 Vík
  • 4871312
Welcome Edinborg
Guesthouses
  • Lambafell
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-1212
Hotel Búrfell
Farm Holidays
  • Mýrdalur
  • 871 Vík
  • 4874660, 868-7651
Ásólfsskáli
Farm Holidays
  • V-Eyjafjöllum
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 861-7489
Guesthouse Vellir
Guesthouses
  • Mýrdalur
  • 871 Vík
  • 487-1312, 849-9204
Volcano Hotel
Hotels
  • Ketilsstaðaskóli
  • 871 Vík
  • 486-1200

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Ytri-Skógar Horse Rental
Day Tours
  • Ytri-Skógar 3
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-8832, 851-1995, 844-7132
Outdoor Activity
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  • Skálakot
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 782-1460
Mountain Excursion
Hiking Tours - Hiking
  • Ketilsstaðaskóli
  • 871 Vík
  • 897-7737
Skálakot Manor Luxury Hotel
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  • Skálakot
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-8953, 866-4891
Volcano Hotel
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  • Ketilsstaðaskóli
  • 871 Vík
  • 486-1200
Arcanum / Icelandic Mountain Guides
Winter adventure
  • Stórhöfði 33
  • 110 Reykjavík
  • 587-9999
Ingos Icebreaking Tours
Day Tour Provider
  • Ketilstaðaskóli
  • 871 Vík
  • 7737343
Southcoast Adventure
Travel Agency
  • Hamragarðar
  • 860 Hvolsvöllur
  • 867-3535

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