Skógar is a tiny hamlet on the south shore of Iceland right by the Ring Road. Although best known in Iceland for most of the 20th century for its regional primary and middle school serving the surrounding rural area, today it is mostly recognized for the stunning waterfall Skógafoss. The waterfall is one of the best-known landmarks in Iceland and one of the most visited tourist attractions in the country. Skógar also was one of the first places in Iceland offering a hotel accommodation for tourists during summer like most district schools, at that time. It was quite common that the dormitory was used as a hotel during the summer season. Like the building at Skógar, the School buildings and dormitory were beautiful well designed and good buildings. It is still a hotel, but now an all year round as both communication and the educational system has changed in Iceland.
A one of a kind museum and another waterfall
For many reasons the small hamlet Skógar and Skógafoss waterfall has developed into a large-scale tourist attraction in Iceland. The whole area is stunning with the waterfall, green hills and the glacier in the background. Skógar also has a long history of interest among visitors and tourists offering accommodation long before others in the rural area in Iceland. The popular hiking trail Fimmvörðuháls, leading between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull glacier and Mýrdalsjökull glacier to Þórsmörk, starts at Skógar. There is also another waterfall Kvernufoss in the neighborhood becoming increasingly popular. But last but not least is the Skógar cultural and heritage museum where you can see local artifacts related to the living conditions in Iceland for many centuries. It is one of the most interesting museums in Iceland and opens all year round.
Access to Skógar is as simple as it gets in Iceland
If you are driving on the Ring Road Skógar and Skógafoss is almost impossible to miss. The waterfall and the hamlet are quite visible from the Road Nr. 1. It is located between the village of Hvolsvöllur and Vík at the west end of Sólheimasandur. Anyone visiting Skógar should take the time to visit Kvernufoss waterfall and the museum. Skógar also has excellent accommodation, a great camping site and wonderful hiking trails up the hill by Skógarfoss waterfall.
Below is the location of Skogar on the map of Iceland