We visited Skogafoss Waterfall on our way to Vik. The waterfall is truly spectacular & is one of Iceland’s biggest waterfalls with a width of 25 metres (82 feet) and a drop of 60 m (200 ft).
We saw a beautiful rainbow while we were visiting which evidently due to the amount of spray the waterfall creates these wonderful & sometimes double rainbows.
There is a brillant legend regarding the waterfall evidently the first settler viking Þrasi Þórólfsson first settled just near the waterfall & hid his treasure in a cave behind the cave.
Decades later a local boy found the chest of treasure but was only able to grab hold on one handle before it fell into the bottom & disappeared once again. However; the boy was able to retrieve the one ring handle which was later used for the church door at Skogar and now housed in a museum.
There are a few hiking trails which are easily accessible from the waterfall which pass between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull.
Getting there – The Skogafoss waterfall is located near Skógar on the south coast The waterfall is easily spotted from the Ring Road approx 105km east of Selfoss and 103km west of Kirkjubæjarklaustur.There is plenty of parking available & camping grounds too. A cafe is also close by with facilities.
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