The waterfall of Skogafoss in Winter remains accessible and it is one of the main stops on the Iceland South Coast. The 60m drop of water does not freeze and the view is enchanting with the surrounding snow. Below is my guide to help you plan your visit.
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Why visit the waterfall of Skogafoss in Winter
The waterfall of Skogafoss is another easy stop on the South Coast, even on Winter.
Not long after Seljalandsfoss, you can head to the ancient sea cliff again to admire the giant 60m high shower curtain.
And it is worth stopping, since it looks like this:
This is one of my favorite waterfalls in Iceland. And I loved it as much in Winter as I did in Summer (see it in Summer here).
Here are a few facts and reasons why:
- It is very easy to access, close to Road 1, next to the village of Skogar
- The water is from the Skogar river and it flows over a former sea cliff
- It drops over 60m (197ft) in height, and it is 25m wide (82ft)
- It has a beautiful classic rectangular shape and the drop is unobstructed
- With a little bit of sun at the right time, you may see a rainbow in front of it
- The sound as you get close is majestic
However it is a very touristic spot, so you won't enjoy it alone...
Below is a short video of Skogafoss in Winter to give you an idea of what your visit could look like:
Typical Iceland scenery in Winter! See all my favorites.
Planning Tips - Skogafoss Iceland
How to get to Skogafoss in Iceland
- Located on the South Coast of Iceland (see my article on the region)
- East of Seljalandsfoss and West of Vik - easy to add to your Winter road trip (see my article to help you plan it)
- Under 2km from Road 1 (you will see it from the main road)
- Seljalandsfoss to Skogafoss = 30min
- Vik to Skogafoss = 30min
- Reykjavik to Skogafoss = 2h
- On the map below, you can see where it is located:
Skogafoss is included in my Winter road trip guide, with practical maps and tips to help you plan your itinerary:
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- GPS coordinates direct to the carparks
Accessibility in Winter
- The road and carpark are cleared to allow access
- Of course road closure can always happen due to snow and wind - check out the status on road.is
- As it is a very touristic spot, they clear the marked walking paths - but it can always get icy, so carry spikes (see options) that you can add on your shoes at any time
- The staircase is mostly metal and allows the snow to go through. However snow can cover it partially and sections may be a little bit more difficult - it is a steep staircase! If you have doubts, I don't recommend it. The views is much better from below, in my opinion. You can see pictures from the top at the end of this article.
- Another note: do not go up if you have vertigo. The viewing platform is a metal grid for the snow to go through, therefore you can see the drop below.
- Restaurant and hotels at the village of Skogar near the waterfall
- Toilets at the site
- Plan 30min to enjoy to lower path and get close to the waterfall
- or plan 1h if you are doing both the bottom and the top.
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- I selected Route 1 car rental (and paid entirely for it). I really enjoyed their service to drop and pick up the car, as well as all their advice before going on the road - Check out prices and car availabilities
- Otherwise you can compare the vehicles and prices from local companies on this practical website
Where to stay near Skogafoss
The village right by he waterfall is skogar.
Skogafoss Winter accessibility - road & carpark
As I said, Skogafoss is easy to access in Winter (unless there is a huge snowstorm...).
It is clearly indicated from Road 1.
The access road is normally cleared all the way to the carpark, as you can see in the pictures below.
There is a large carpark very close to the waterfall. Be careful as it might be a little slippery on foot.
From there you can take the path to the bottom of the waterfall or start climbing the stairs.
Bottom view of Skogafoss in the snow
Personally, I prefer Skogafoss from the bottom.
The contrast of the white flow of water against the black rock is stunning.
You can get very close at the bottom of the waterfall.
But be ready: you will get wet and your camera will too. Make sure to protect it!
Does Skogafoss Freezes?
The flow of water is very impressive.
Skogafoss has such a high volume that it does not freeze in Winter.
One of the top Winter attractions in Iceland!
Staircase up the cliff
The other option to admire to power of Skogafoss is to climb on the side to see the drop from above.
It starts with around 30 high and wide stairs.
And it continues with over 350 stairs made of metal. The path is narrower so it is not easy to cross path with people going down.
But the stairs are lower. So it is easier to climb.
At the top you will find the viewing platform above the drop.
As you can see, you can see through it. I had to hold my hand below my eyes so as not to feel light-headed because of vertigo.
Skogafoss waterfall view from above
And this is the view from the top.
I must admit that I was disappointed. But maybe it was because I was suffering for vertigo and did not enjoy it fully.
However I did enjoy the beautiful pyramid-shaped mountain in the background.
In my opinion, you just don't appreciate the power of the waterfall from above, the way you do from the bottom.
The river Skoga flows from the North. In Summer you can hike for several days all the way to the Central Highlands.
And as you look down, you can see it flowing towards the sea...
FAQs about Skogafoss
- Can you walk behind Skogafoss?
no you can't
- How much time to you need at Skogafoss?
30min for just the bottom, 1h if you also climb the stairs
- Was does Skogafoss means?
- Is skogafoss part of the Golden Circle?
Not it is not. It is along the South Coast. The waterfall on the Golden Circle is Gullfoss.
Want to see more of ICELAND IN WINTER
Want to take a giant shower?