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“Spectacular waterfall.” 5 of 5 stars
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Skogar, Iceland
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“Spectacular waterfall.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

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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“Great Fall”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2010

A great 25 x 60 meter waterfall

It is possible to go on top of the waterfall, for a very nice view.
There is also some tours from the waterfall and over the mountains.

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“One of the best waterfalls in Iceland”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2010

The Skogafoss waterfall sites behind the town of Skogar and is right off Route 1 for those driving the Ring Road. The parking lot is close to the falls and it is flat ground. Skogafoss is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in all of Iceland - and was one of our favorites.

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“Wonder of Iceland seen one day.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2009

This waterfall is clean, clear and big but not the biggest in Iceland. In this area are many waterfalls. This waterfall runs down the mountain between two glaiciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. You can drive by car up to the snowline and then take a trip on dog sledge, simular to the ones the eskimos use in Greenland. That is a once in a live time experience.

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“Awe Inspiring Photo Opportunity!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2009

Skogafoss can be seen from the road and looks pretty impressive from a distance, but as you approach, the view gets better and better. One of the finest photo opportunities in Iceland, the falls are a favorite spot of mine. I've visited them in good weather and in snowy and rainy conditions. The site holds up every time.

The mist swirls around visitors like a wreath and birds nest in the heights of the surrounding cliffs. The more adventurous can hike up to the top of the cliff via a walkway for a birds-eye view. The site is splendid and I highly recommend a visit.

Legend tells of a Viking treasure chest buried at the foot of the falls. When being retrieved, the handle broke away, and the chest fell to the bottom. The handle of the chest is on exhibit at the nearby Skogar Folk Museum. The museum is well worth a visit as well. it is located just to the right of the falls and is accessed from the main road.

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