Southern Iceland – Skógafoss

Like the rest of the country, the south coast of Iceland has some spectacular scenery and beautiful sights. Skógafoss a waterfall on the Skóga River, found just off the southern ring road is one classic example of this beauty.

Skógafoss on the Skóga River Iceland
Skógafoss on the Skóga River
Skógafoss on the Skóga River Iceland
People are dwarfed by Skógafoss

In winter it is an icy and slippery walk towards the falls but one that is well worth it to hear the roar, then see and feel the force of the water crossing the lip of the 25 metre (82 feet) wide falls and dropping 60 metres (200 feet) to the river below. The cold mist hits your face and you cannot but help smile at Skógafoss.

Skógafoss on the Skóga River Iceland
It is slippery on all that ice!
Skógafoss on the Skóga River Iceland
The mighty Skógafoss
Skógafoss waterfall Iceland
A beautiful yet misty sight

Viking folk-lore says a chest full of gold was hidden in a cave behind Skógafoss and although it has never been found, the tale goes that on a sunny day you can see the gold glitter through the water. I am not so sure about that but I was told that on a sunny day you are able to see a single or double rainbow appear in the mist (there was no chance of that on the chilly day I visited). For movie buffs, scenes from Thor: The Dark World (2013) and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) were filmed at the waterfall. This is yet another place that is a must see in Iceland.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. alexistsoi says:

    Beautiful! I am in absolute awe.

    1. Deano says:

      It is an amazing country to visit

  2. That’s a great waterfall, beautiful in summer, too, when everything around it is bright green.

    1. Deano says:

      I have seen some of the summer photos. Such a stark contrast!

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