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Your Trip to Skogar

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A Visit to Skogar

Several kilometres from the ocean, the little village of Skogar is located off the coastal road between Reykjavik and Skaftafell. This is a must see in southern Iceland even if you only have the time to admire its splendid Skogafoss waterfall. Legends say that a large part of the Viking Drasi's treasure is still hidden behind its veil.

During your Skogar tour, stop by the folk museum, a charming place whose collection of traditional objects offers surprising insights into the historical Icelandic way of life. The collection is huge and its value priceless. The museum boutique also houses a few treasures, notably beautiful books about Icelandic legends and sagas. link to the Skogar Museum

Hiking around Skogar

- A few kilometres north of Skogar, head to the Skogafoss waterfalls, an awe-inspiring curtain of water that plummets from 60 metres up with deafening noise. In mid-afternoon, a rainbow forms at the bottom of the falls and on its right side, a rocky path will lead you to the top. The view from there is incredible! From here, walk upriver and discover a dozen more lovely waterfalls.

- Head to Reynishverfi (route 1, puis 215 en direction de Vik). A few houses with brightly coloured rooftops dot the vast green expanses. Already very picturesque, the site becomes even more beautiful at sunset. Still, it is only at the end of the trail that you will discover Reynishverfi's most incredible landscape, a huge black sand beach surrounded by basaltic cliffs of surprising shapes. From here you can also access the Reynisdrangar needles, curious geologic formations rising out from the waves. If you are camping, camping in the wild is authorized here!

- 5 km from Skogar, head for the narrow Seljavellir valley by taking route 242, then the 2311 trail. The hot water sources here feed outdoor pools in the most majestic setting imaginable, not to be missed on any tour of Skogar. The oldest pool is 500 m from the campsite, along the glacial torrent of Laugara, "the river of baths".

- Skogar is a great place to take off for an excursion to southern Iceland's most beautiful glaciers. We recommend you follow the trail of the famous Laugavegur trek from Skogar to Landmannalaugar. Going in the direction of Thorsmork you'll reach the Fimmvorduhals mountain pass, between the Myrdalsjokull and Eyjafjallajokull glaciers, whose bellies both rumble with inner volcanoes. The most famous, Eyjafjoll, erupted in spring 2010 (from March 20 to October 27). This is a unique occasion to go see brand new lava fields! And, if you can fit it into your schedule, don't miss the Solheimajokull glacier and the awe-inspiring Myrdalsjokull glacial tongue only 15 km south.

Discover our trek from Lanmannalaugar to Skogar: Skogar Trekking

Practical Information

- Halfway between Reykjavik (154 km) and Skaftafell (250 km), you can get to the village of Skogar on the circular route 1.

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Read more about Southern Iceland:  
Landmannalaugar | Hekla | The Westman Islands | Vatnajokull | Jokulsarlon | Thorsmork | Skaftafell | Skogar | Vik |

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