Skogafoss (officially written as Skógafoss) is a big waterfall located in the south of Iceland at the cliffs of the former coastline.
Skogafoss lies just 500 meter off road 1 near Skógá and is easy to access. Driving on the ring road you already see the enormous Skogafoss in the distance. Follow the signs Skógá or Skogafoss. The signs leads to a big parking close to the base of the waterfall. Here the view on Skogafoss is already amazing.
From the parking lot is is a short walk, along the river, over the black sand to the base of the powerful Skogafoss. There are several angles from which you can take pictures. I like the view with the black sand and river in the foreground.
It is also possible to walk up along Skogafoss. On the east side of the waterfall you can climb up a path crossing some amazing viewpoints.The rock formations are covered with moss and the shapes are bizarre. A perfect setting for taking artistic and unique pictures. Not many tourists do this.
Skogafoss is one of my favorite waterfalls in Iceland. Although the height is only 62 meter, it is 25 wide and the power of the waterfall is enormous. The surrounding is beautiful and the black sand makes this waterfall very special.
After the coastline had receded seaward (it is now at a distance of about 5 kilometer (3.1 miles) from Skógar), the former sea cliffs remained, parallel to the coast over hundreds of kilometer, creating together with some mountains a clear border between the coastal lowlands and the Highlands of Iceland.
Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces, a single or double rainbow is normally visible on sunny days. According to legend, the first Viking settler in the area, Þrasi Þórólfsson, buried a treasure in a cave behind the waterfall. The legend continues that locals found the chest years later, but were only able to grasp the ring on the side of the chest before it disappeared again. The ring was allegedly given to the local church. The old church door ring is now in a museum, though whether it gives any credence to the folklore is debatable.
At the eastern side of the waterfall, a hiking and trekking trail leads up to the pass Fimmvörðuháls between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. It goes down to Þórsmörk on the other side and continues as the famous Laugavegur to Landmannalaugar. This walk is very high on my wish list to do. The track follows the river Skógá passing numerous great (unknown) waterfalls. More information of the track can be found on the website of Wikiloc.
In the hamlet you can visit Skogar Museum, a place with three museums from which I liked the open museum most with several old houses.
Other waterfalls in the region of Skogafoss
The southern region, specially near Skógar is famous because the many waterfalls short to each other. Named waterfalls in the region of Skógar are: Miðfoss, Neðstifoss, Selvaðsfoss, Kvernufoss, Sellfoss, Dalárfoss, Skálabrekkufoss, Kæfufoss, Gluggafoss, Rollutorfufoss, Fellsfoss, Steinbogafoss, Fosstorfufoss, Hestavaðsfoss and Holtsárfoss.