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Skógafoss is located in Iceland
LocationSkógar, Iceland
Coordinates63°31′47″N 19°30′50″W / 63.52972°N 19.51389°W / 63.52972; -19.51389Coordinates: 63°31′47″N 19°30′50″W / 63.52972°N 19.51389°W / 63.52972; -19.51389
Total height60 m (200 ft)
Number of drops1
Total width25 m (82 ft)

Skógafoss (pronounced [ˈskouː(ɣ)aˌfɔsː] (listen)) is a waterfall on the Skógá River in the south of Iceland at the cliff marking the former coastline. After the coastline had receded (it is now at a distance of about 5 kilometres (3 miles) from Skógar), the former sea cliffs remained, parallel to the coast over hundreds of kilometres, creating together with some mountains a clear border between the coastal lowlands and the Highlands of Iceland.


The Skógafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in the country, with a width of 25 metres (82 feet) and a drop of 60 m (200 ft). Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces, a single or double rainbow is normally visible on sunny days. According to legend, the first Viking settler in the area, Þrasi Þórólfsson, buried a treasure in a cave behind the waterfall. The legend continues that locals found the chest years later, but were only able to grasp the ring on the side of the chest before it disappeared again. The ring was allegedly given to the local church. The old church door ring is now in the Skógar museum.

At the eastern side of the waterfall, a hiking and trekking trail leads up to the pass Fimmvörðuháls between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. It goes down to Þórsmörk on the other side and continues as the Laugavegur trail to Landmannalaugar. A 430-step staircase leads up the slope to the top of the waterfall.

In popular culture[edit]

The waterfall was the setting for Sólstafir's 2012 music video "Fjara" of their album Svartir Sandar.[1]

The waterfall was the site of the opening task during the second episode of the twelfth season of the Dutch reality television series Wie is de Mol?.[2]

The waterfall was a location for the filming of the Marvel Studios film Thor: The Dark World, as well as The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The waterfall has been used as one of the locations of song "Gerua", in the 2015 Bollywood movie Dilwale featuring Shahrukh Khan and Kajol.

The official music video of "I'll Show You" features glacial lagoons and rivers in South Iceland, including the waterfall Skógafoss.[3]

In season 5 of the History Channel series, Vikings, the character Floki witnesses Skógafoss when he discovers Iceland.[4]

In season 8 of the Game of Thrones series, Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow fly to this waterfall with her dragons and kiss in front of it.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ The music video on Youtube Retrieved on December 14, 2012.
  2. ^ Molenaar, Marcella (27 August 2017). "Skógafoss – De bekende waterval" [Skógafoss - The famous waterfall]. marcellamolenaar (in Dutch). Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  3. ^ Hafstad, Vala (3 November 2015). "Justin Bieber's Video, 'I'll Show You' (Iceland)". Iceland Review. Archived from the original on 2015-11-07. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Vikings photos and video show Floki in Iceland". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 2017-09-24.

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