We had every intention of completing the Laugavegur and then hiking the Fimmvörðuháls Pass to Skógar. However, after our first day of hiking from Landmannalaugar to Álftavatn, I knew that, while it was possible, I wouldn’t enjoy it. So I made the decision early on that I would bus it from Þórsmörk to Skógar. Happily, Jeff was quick to agree.
One expedition bus from Þórsmörk to Hvolsvöllur, and then a public bus, and we were in Skógar. Because of the bus schedules, it took all day, with the entire morning spent at the Volcano Huts café. (Jeff went on a hike, I decided to take it e a s y.)
Our stay in Skógar was made easier in that the Skógar Guesthouse is within easy walking distance of the bus transfer center, which sits at the base of the Skógafoss Waterfall. Had we hiked over the Pass, this is where we would have ended up.
This is also where the Skógar campground is – a narrow strip of land between a cow pasture and the waterfall parking lot. It definitely did not appear to be a pleasant place to camp, with the cars parked inches away from some tents.
Skógar Museum Slideshow:
Skógar Guesthouse is an old family house repurposed as a B&B. It has its charms and is certainly more comfortable than sleeping in a tent, and is recommended for its useful location.
The guesthouse is close to the Skógar Museum, a destination that should be part of every Iceland itinerary. 15,000 regional artifacts are exhibited in buildings on the grounds. Historic structures, a craft museum, a technology building all sit near each other, with larger scale sculptures interspersed among the exhibits. So worth seeing, highly recommended!
One of the other items to see just behind the Skógar Museum is the “Secret Waterfall.” While the Skógafoss Waterfall is world-famous and crowded with people, a short hike up a valley reveals a beautifully simple waterfall free from development. It’s certainly not a secret (at least it isn’t now), but almost devoid of people, especially when compared to the more famous falls nearby.
On your way to or from Skógar, there are other famous waterfalls nearby, with the Gljúfrabúi and Seljalandsfoss a stop on the bus ride on the way to Reykjavik, though there may not be enough time to see both falls.
Sitting in a comfy chair, I now wished we had hiked the Fimmvörðuháls Pass to Skógar, but I’m glad we made it to this little town in any case. The hike will keep until my next visit, but it’ll be along time before I forget the great day we spent here.