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Skógafoss Tours

Skógafoss
Stretching 82 feet (25 meters) across the Skógá River, into which its teeming waters plunge 197 feet (60 meters) from a rocky cliff, Skógafoss clocks in as one of Iceland’s biggest waterfalls. Its clouds of spray regularly create vivid rainbows—often double rainbows—across the waters. The waterfall is also an important site for local folklore.

The Basics
As one of Iceland’s biggest waterfalls and one of its most picturesque, Skógafoss is a must-see on any trip to the south coast of Iceland. Visits to Skógafoss are typically included on guided tours—private or group—of Iceland’s south coast, most of which depart from Reykjavik. Those tours usually also include visits to nearby Seljalandsfoss waterfall, the black-sand beach of Reynisfjara, Thingvellir National Park, and other sites around the Golden Circle. Upon arrival, climb up the fall’s staircase for a sweeping view of the surrounding landscape and learn about the entertaining folklore associated with the site.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Skógafoss is a must-see attraction for nature lovers and those who want to check off Iceland’s most important sites.
  • Waterproof clothing is recommended—Iceland’s weather changes quickly and you can get soaked by the spray, especially when it’s windy.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces. 
  • The climb to the top of the fall’s stairway is fairly demanding, but there are also plenty of photo opportunities from the bottom.

How to Get There
Set on Iceland's south shore, Skógafoss waterfall is about 93 miles (150 kilometers) from Reykjavik along Route 1 (the Ring Road), which makes for a simple day trip from the capital. You can rent a car in Reykjavik and make stops along the Ring Road, or skip the hassle of driving and book a guided tour that visits Skógafoss as part of a southern Iceland day tour that includes Reykjavik hotel pickup and drop-off.

When to Get There
Iceland’s most important attractions are all at their busiest in summer. Beat the biggest crowds by arriving early in the morning or at night—during the height of summer, it is still light out around midnight. If you can brave the cold, you’ll have an even quieter experience in winter, when you’ll see surrounding icicles and snow with a chance at spotting the northern lights as well.

Skógafoss and Icelandic folklore
Skógafoss is a popular subject of local Iore, which tells that the region’s first Viking settler, Thrasi Thórólfsson, buried a chest of treasure in a cave behind the mighty falls. Legend has it that a local boy found the chest years later and while attempting to haul it out, pulled the ring from the front of the chest. According to the story, this ring is now displayed in the nearby Skógar Museum.
Address: Skógá River, Skogar, South Iceland, Iceland
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South Coast Full Day Tour by Minibus from Reykjavik

South Coast Full Day Tour by Minibus from Reykjavik

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Travel by luxury minibus through a volcanic landscape along the south coast of Iceland. See the magnificent waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, the black-sand beaches of Reynisfjara, and the breathtaking Sólheimajökull glacier on this day trip from Reykjavik. Spot puffins, if you’re lucky, and get a look at Eyjafjallajökull volcano, which erupted in 2010. Round-trip hotel transport is provided.
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  • 10 hours
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South Coast and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Day Tour from Reykjavik

South Coast and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Day Tour from Reykjavik

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Discover southern Iceland and take a cruise on the ice-strewn Jokulsarlon Lagoon on this scenic day trip from Reykjavik. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, trace Iceland’s spectacular south coast, a canvas of towering mountains, waterfalls, and glacial rivers. Visit the Skogafoss waterfall, view the ice-covered peaks of Skaftafell, and learn about the area's geology and then go behind the cascading water at Seljalandfoss waterfall.
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  • 14 hours
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Southern Iceland Glaciers, Waterfalls and Beaches Day Trip from Reykjavik

Southern Iceland Glaciers, Waterfalls and Beaches Day Trip from Reykjavik

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Discover the scenery of southern Iceland on this full-day tour from Reykjavik. Journey past lava fields, icebergs, and glacier lakes as you explore the Sólheimajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers. Keep your camera poised as you admire the black-sand beaches and dramatic rock formations of Vik, as well as the mighty Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls.
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  • 10 hours
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South Coast with Glacier Walk - Minibus from Reykjavik

South Coast with Glacier Walk - Minibus from Reykjavik

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Get to know Iceland's southern coast and embark on a glacier hike during this full-day tour. With your small group of fellow travelers (less than 20 for any tour), visit the Reynisfjara black sand beach, Seljalandsfoss waterfall, and Sólheimajökull Glacier. Round-trip hotel transportation via minibus and all safety gear (harness, ice axe, carabiners, and crampons) included.
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  • 12 hours
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2 Day Ice Cave & South Coast: Glacier hike, Jokulsarlon lagoon & Northern Lights

2 Day Ice Cave & South Coast: Glacier hike, Jokulsarlon lagoon & Northern Lights

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Get out of Reykjavik for an exciting 2-day excursion to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, one of Iceland’s top attractions due to its stunning beauty. Explore the south coast of Iceland with a professional guide. Hike among waterfalls, walk on black sand beaches, experience the mysterious blue caves, learn to cross Iceland’s largest glacier, and even get a chance to hunt the elusive Northern Lights. This adventure will not soon be forgotten.
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South Coast. Private Day Tour from Reykjavik

South Coast. Private Day Tour from Reykjavik

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Discover the ‘land of fire and ice’ as you journey between the glaciers and lavafields of Iceland’s south coast. Set out on a private full-day tour from Reykjavik and get off-the-beaten-track as you wind through the Hellisheidi mountain pass and along the coast. Keep your camera close to hand as you pass a startling array of scenery, including the Myrdalsjokull and Eyjafjallajokull glaciers. Stop to admire the dramatic Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls; the black sand beaches of Dyrhólaey and Vik, and the lush pastures of Mýrdalur valley.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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South Coast: Glacier Hike, LAVA Centre, Waterfalls & Black Sand Beach

South Coast: Glacier Hike, LAVA Centre, Waterfalls & Black Sand Beach

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Iceland—the Land of Fire and Ice—boasts bubbling mud pools and frozen glaciers, and many of the most impressive natural attractions lie along the country’s southern shores. On this full-day sightseeing tour, travel in comfort by air-conditioned minivan to landmarks including Skógafoss waterfall and hike over the Sólheimajökull glacier. With round-trip travel from central Reykjavik included, find out exactly how Iceland earned its nickname.
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  • 12 hours
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6-Day Small-Group Adventure Tour Around Iceland from Reykjavik

6-Day Small-Group Adventure Tour Around Iceland from Reykjavik

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Take the full circle road around Iceland to see its top attractions on this 6-day tour from Reykjavik. Check out the Golden Circle, view the south coast’s black sands and basalt cliffs; explore the eastern fjords, Akureyri, and Lake Myvatn; and enjoy adventures including a glacier walk at Skaftafell, hiking, and a whale watching cruise. Limited to a maximum of 15 people, the tour includes five nights’ accommodation, daily breakfast, air-conditioned transport, and more.
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  • 6 days
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South Coast Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik with Guide and Touchscreen Audio

South Coast Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik with Guide and Touchscreen Audio

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Experience Iceland's southern coast—full of waterfalls, glaciers, and black sand beaches—on this full-day tour from Reykjavik. Your climate-controlled coach comes with an audio guide available in 10 languages so you can learn about the sights as you cross through farmland and rugged coastline. Visit several waterfalls, the volcanic Vestmannaeyjar Islands, and the Sólheimajökull Glacier for a full Icelandic experience. Upgrade to include round-trip transport from your hotel.
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  • 11 hours
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Guided Full-Day Tour of Iceland's South Coast from Reykjavik

Guided Full-Day Tour of Iceland's South Coast from Reykjavik

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Explore the rugged scenery of Iceland's south Coast on this full-day tour from Reykjavik. Stops include Reynisfjara Beach, Skógafoss Waterfall, Sólaheimasandur Glacier, and other photo-worthy locations. Round-trip transportation from Reykjavik hotels included.
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  • 10 hours
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South Coast Sagas tour by minibus from Reykjavík

South Coast Sagas tour by minibus from Reykjavík

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Follow the trail of the Vikings from Reykjavik toward Selfoss and Hvollsvöllur on this south coast of Iceland day tour. In a small group that’s limited to just 14 people, you’ll travel south where mountain glaciers and waterfalls provide scenery on one side, and beaches of black volcanic sand frame wild seas on the other. Stops at Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, and Reynisfjara are included along with some lesser-known, yet equally dramatic, sights through the day.
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  • 10 hours
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 Winter South Coast Day Tour by Minibus from Reykjavik

Winter South Coast Day Tour by Minibus from Reykjavik

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Behold waterfalls, glaciers, black sands, and more on a full-day wintertime trip to south Iceland from Reykjavik. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan, journey into this largely untouched region and admire wonders like the Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls; the black sand beach and cliffs of Reynisfjara; and the Solheimajokull glacier – a line-up that’s difficult to tick through on an independent day trip. Minivan transport with free WiFi, plus central and hotel pickup and drop-off in Reykjavik included.
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Private South Coast Tour from Reykjavik

Private South Coast Tour from Reykjavik

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Iceland’s South Coast region is an ideal place to see the country’s natural beauty: black beaches, magical waterfalls, seafront villages, and glaciers. This private tour takes you to see regional highlights while saving you the hassle of driving, and—unlike most group bus outings—lets you control the pace and focus of your trip. Plus, travel in a luxury vehicle and get picked up from your port if you’re arriving by ship.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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Private Southsore Adventure

Private Southsore Adventure

We go the extra mile in making our clients enjoy the trip and set they're own pace of speed. Our goal is to help you create memories to remember for decades to come. Our drivers will pick you up when and where you want in the capital area, enjoy your own private local chauffeur who is also a trained guide with years of experience. Vehicles for 1-4 passengers Vehicles for 1-8 passengers
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  • 8 hours
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Glacier Hike and South Iceland Sightseeing from Reykjavik

Glacier Hike and South Iceland Sightseeing from Reykjavik

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See the wild landscape of Southern Iceland up close during this glacier-hiking tour from Reykjavik. Unlike snowmobile or bus tours, you’ll actually get to hike through some of the area’s most popular glaciers, and you’ll also fit in visits to both Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. Plus, all equipment is provided for you, and a guide leads the way, keeping you on track during your journey through Iceland.
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  • 10 hours
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Private Day Trip to the Icelandic South Coast from Reykjavik: Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, and Reynisfjara Black Beach

Private Day Trip to the Icelandic South Coast from Reykjavik: Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, and Reynisfjara Black Beach

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Discover the wonders of Iceland’s southern coast on a private day trip from Reykjavik. Take in the volcanic landscape that runs along the Atlantic shoreline as you make your way to natural attractions like Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls and Reynisfjara, a black-sand beach. You’ll also make a stop in the town of Vik.
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  • 10 hours
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$333.00
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Southern Coast, Waterfalls & Black Beach Full-Day Bus Tour from Reykjavik

Southern Coast, Waterfalls & Black Beach Full-Day Bus Tour from Reykjavik

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Don’t miss sthe beautiful sights of Iceland’s southern coast on this full-day tour from Reykjavik. See the famous Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Hekla, Eyjafjallajokull, and Westman Islands. Plus, enjoy a stroll on the black-sand beach, Reynisfjara. With hotel pickup and drop-off included and all your stops scheduled out for you, it’s easy to explore the southern coast without putting the time into planning the whole day yourself.
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  • 10 hours
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The Great Round Tour: Around Iceland in 13 Days

The Great Round Tour: Around Iceland in 13 Days

Join this tour that covers the Ring Road around Iceland, the magnificent Snaefellsnes peninsula and the remote and isolated West fjords. Visiting the Latrabjarg cliff gives you a good chance to spot the famous Puffins. You will travel around Iceland in a small and comfortable mini-van, with maximum 12 people in a group. So your experience will be more personal and intimate, and you will feel like you are exploring Iceland independently. Visit some of Iceland's most beautiful places on this tour like the Golden Circle, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, Reynisfjara black sand beach, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, Lake Mývatn, Látrabjarg cliff and the West fjords and Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Included is accommodation for 12 nights including breakfast and dinners for 10 nights. In the countryside we will stay in farm stays that will give you chances of interacting with local people, taste local food such as lamb and fish, and observe local animals such as dogs, horses and goats.
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7 Day Guided Ring Road Tour - Explore the Circle of Iceland

7 Day Guided Ring Road Tour - Explore the Circle of Iceland

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Explore the highlights of the Circle of Iceland on this comprehensive Ring Road Tour. You’ll save hours shortlisting top things to do in Iceland, by having an action-packed itinerary organized for you instead. Enjoy the convenience of having accommodation, breakfast, transfers, and multiple activities included. You’ll see a lot in a week, and highlights include Skogafoss Waterfall, Lake Myvatn, a Whale Watching Tour, Godafoss Waterfall, and the Green Lagoon.
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  • 7 days
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$2,344.87
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Small-Group South Coast of Iceland: Glaciers, Waterfalls & Black Beaches

Small-Group South Coast of Iceland: Glaciers, Waterfalls & Black Beaches

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Marvel at the natural splendor of Iceland’s South Coast on an exhilarating full-day tour from Reykjavik. Gaze at the magnificent Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls; absorb the frozen witchery of the Solheimajökull Glacier; and see the alluring black sands of Reynisfjara’s shore.
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  • 10 hours
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$128.65
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2 Days Glacier Lagoon and Ice Cave with Northern Lights

2 Days Glacier Lagoon and Ice Cave with Northern Lights

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Travel the entire south coast of Iceland with Hidden Iceland over two adventure filled days! Take in the impressive Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss waterfalls, as well as the Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. Hike along the ridges of Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon before coming to our accommodation for the night. There’s a chance you’ll see the northern lights dancing across the sky. We start the next day at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon where the giant ice bergs float around and wash up on Diamond Beach. From here we meet up with our friends from Local Guide to embark on our Ice Cave Discovery adventure. We travel in their specialised super jeeps to get closer to the glacier. You'll get up close and personal to the astonishingly beautiful ice formations of an outlet glacier of the enormous Vatnajökull Icecap. The textures, light and colours will leave you in awe!
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  • 2 days
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$546.00
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South Coast Adventure and Katla Natural Ice Cave

South Coast Adventure and Katla Natural Ice Cave

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We start the day from Reykjavik in a bus and visit Lava Volcano Centre. From there we stop at the gorgeous Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls before we head to Vik. You will have free time for lunch at Vík. From there we’ll whisk you away in a superjeep to a secret glacier area where you’ll have the chance to explore one of these magnificent natural wonders. We’ll then fit you up with some loan equipment, including a helmet, headlamp, and crampons. From here it’s a 5 to 10 minute hike across the glacier to our ice cave. Once inside you’ll have plenty of time to explore the cave, admire the amazing tones and wild shapes, and learn all about these incredible structures. After 45 to 60 minutes of exploration, we’ll hike back to the super jeep. After the visit to Katla Volcano Ice Cave you have plenty of free time to explore Vik on your own, from approx. 15:30-19:00. We recommend going to the black sand beach and and see the Reynisdrangar rock formations and columnar basalt.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$221.00
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South Coast by Super Jeep from Reykjavik

South Coast by Super Jeep from Reykjavik

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Explore the black sand beaches, vast glaciers and mighty waterfalls of Iceland’s South Coast on a Super Jeep tour filled with spectacular scenery. Marvel at the Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss waterfalls, venture off-the-beaten-track to the Gljúfurárfoss waterfall, walk the black sand beach of Reynisfjara, and visit Vik, Iceland’s southernmost village.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$286.55
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Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and Diamond Beach Day Trip from Reykjavik

Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and Diamond Beach Day Trip from Reykjavik

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Replete with colossal icebergs and arctic wildlife, the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon cannot be missed during your time in Iceland. Departing from Reykjavik, this tour combines a visit to the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon with a stop at the Skógafoss waterfall, and gives you the chance to view the magical Northern Lights—weather and visibility permitting. Pickup and drop-off in central Reykjavik are included on this tour.
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  • 14 hours
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$152.00
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