Skógafoss, Iceland

Skógafoss waterfall
Magnificent Waterfall
Skógafoss waterfall
Skógafoss waterfall

Skógafoss at a Glance

Situated on the Skógá River near Skógar on the south coast of Iceland, this impressive waterfall is 25 m (82 feet) wide and tumbles down from a height of 61 m (200 feet). This makes Skógafoss one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland, and as it tumbles, it constantly produces a spray that often creates a single or double rainbow on sunny days.

Visitors will need to take the short walk up to the 55 m (180 ft) summit in order to reach Skógafoss. A hiking and trekking trail to the eastern side of the waterfall leads up between the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers to the pass Fimmvörðuháls. On the other side of the mountain the trail goes down toÞórsmörk and continues as the famous hiking route from Laugavegur to Landmannalaugar. The flat and relatively easy trek along the banks of the river leads right up to the falls. In fact, it is a rare experience to be able to get so close to such a large waterfall. The waterfall itself is located at the cliffs of the former coastline, which has receded over time. The Skógafoss waterfall is triangular in shape and the area around it is a tranquil spot for leisurely sightseeing. The rainbow-making mists provide some excellent photo opportunities, as do the great views out over the Atlantic from above the waterfall. The fact that there are camping facilities around Skógafoss also makes it a draw for tourists.

Local legend has it that there is treasure buried in a cave behind Skógafoss. It is said thatÞrasiÞórólfsson - one of the first Viking settlers in this area - buried a treasure chest, which locals found many years later. However, they only managed to take hold of the ring on the side before the chest vanished again. The ring was then supposedly given to a local church and is now in a museum.