Skógafoss

South Coast, Iceland
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Skógafoss is one of the most stunning waterfalls in Iceland. It is 60 meters high and 25 meters wide, with a powerful flow that creates a misty spray that often generates a beautiful rainbow which seems to come out of the water itself. You can get very close to the waterfall, almost touching it. There is also a path beside it that leads to a viewing platform with a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. This waterfall is very popular and has been used in many films, commercials and music videos. One production even had a person walking on a line over the waterfall, with security precautions and rigs, of course.

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Accessibility

The location lies 5 minutes off route number 1, a good gravel road that suits all cars leads to a big parking lot, a few hundred meters from the waterfall. If you want to go to the top, there are 370 steps to climb with equipment.
Public transportation unavailable
There is no public transportation available in this area
Car recommended
Unchallenging terrain accessible by car
Excellent phone coverage
Great phone coverage without interruptions
Not needed
Guide is not needed

Services nearby

There are a few hotels at Skógar, which is a cluster of houses close to the waterfall. There are restaurants and regional museum on site as well. Nearest hospital is in Selfoss, 100 kilometres away, but basic healthcare is within 50 kilometres. Within 40 kilometres radius, there are convenience stores, a gas station, restaurants and more hotels and other services
Accommodation
< 1 km
Gas station
< 50 km
Hospital or emergency room
More than 50 km away
Parking
< 1 km
Restaurants
< 30 km
Shopping
< 50 km

Permits

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This area needs a two-way permit, which a production service company can get for you.
Shooting requires both the permission from the property owner and the local government permit

Basecamp and facilities

The area has a big parking lot and basic toilet facilities for visitors, perfect for big basecamps. There is a restaurant and a popular campsite at this location. The restaurant can be rented as a production office or other production facilities. Phone coverage is excellent.

Risk factors

Constant mist and spray from the waterfall can cause slippery surfaces by the waterfall itself and on the slope next to it where you climb to the top. The river has strong currents, so swimming or diving next to waterfall should be done and planned with professionals.

Visitors

The area is very popular with tourists but can be managed with PAs or park rangers. Skógafoss is also a very popular campsite where people stay with their tents for few days.

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