Skógafoss is one of the iconic waterfalls of Southern Iceland. It’s a busy place. But lesser people know that it’s also an entrance to an enchanted valley of a dozen more waterfalls: Skógar Valley.
We’ve already written a post about our favorite canyons in Iceland, and Skógar Valley has its place on that list. It offers so many things that we love about Iceland: a dramatic canyon, waterfalls, glacier views, lush green landscapes, waterfalls and some more waterfalls. 🙂
Skógafoss is the start. It’s 15 metres wide and about 61 metres tall. Due to the spray it usually produces, a rainbow can be seen at the bottom of Skógafoss on a sunny day. Also, a lot of tourists can be seen.
Most of them take the trail that leads up to the top of Skógafoss at the eastern side. Though Skógafoss looks nice from above, too, it’s worth continuing the trail further – and that’s what not many people do. We did, because we planned to hike part of the Fimmvörðuháls track that leads between Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers.
Fimmvörðuháls track and the Skógar Valley
Fimmvörðuháls is usually not a day hike, so we planned to do only its first section that starts in the Skógar Valley. We ended up doing about the first 5 kilometres – both a failure and a success.
A failure because, come on, we hike a lot… 10 kilometres there and back within a day is really a shame. On the other hand, the reason was not that this hike was hard. The reason was the 25+ waterfalls we passed on the way through this breathtaking valley!
Our favorite waterfall hike in Iceland
So we spent most of our time marvelling at the waterfalls, taking pictures of them, stopping for a short rest to have a picnic, because “it’s so nice, let’s just sit down for a while”. Then taking even more pictures. 😛
These stunning waterfalls actually made this hike one of our favorites in Iceland.
We didn’t care how far we get. We always wanted to get to the next waterfall. And then the next one. And really, this one is so close, we can get there, and then turn back. Thanks to the midnight sun in August, it didn’t get dark by the time we got back to the parking lot.
We’d recommend this trail to anyone. It goes upwards, but it’s not too steep, and it rewards with fabulous views! No matter how far you go, it will be beautiful.
Do you have a favorite waterfall hike?
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