Access and management

The Environment Agency of Iceland oversees daily management of the natural monument, and a land ranger is available all year round. Work on the management and protection plan for Skógafoss was finished in spring 2019. With it, targeted management measures are defined until 2028 for the sustainable protection of the beauty and power of Skógafoss. The protection plan was a collaboration between the Environment Agency, Rangárþing-Eystra and the landowners of Ytri-Skógar and Drangshlíðardalur.

Special Rules in the Area

Overnight camping is only allowed in the campsite below the waterfall. This applies to motor homes, trailers and tents.

Drone flying within the natural monument is prohibited, unless given permission from the Environment Agency. Search & Rescue operations and Coast Guard operations are exempt from this ban.

Filming, photography and events must not disturb the wildlife within the natural monument, and disturbances to other visitors should be kept to a minimum. Filming, photography or events that could impact the nature of the area and the experience of visitors are subject to permission from the Environment Agency, which may set conditions when granting such permissions.

The Environment Agency can restrict traffic temporarily in sensitive areas where there is a danger of soil erosion and damage to vegetation.

Horse herding is prohibited within the nature area but horse riders are allowed to travel on traditional paths within it.

Bicycle riding is permitted on marked bicycle paths and traffic roads.

Pets must be kept on a leash.