South Coast Iceland – Skogafoss

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Continuing my posts on the attractions on the South Coast of Iceland.

While driving on South coast you will notice waterfalls after every few kms. So we decided to make a stop at Skogafoss , one of the most popular waterfall in Iceland and a true rival of the Gullfoss.

The meaning of the name of this waterfall is “skógur” meant “forest” and “foss” meant waterfall. That means somewhere in the old days this must be a “Forest Falls”. But it does not look like a forest at the moment, but has a lush of green all around. The tall waterfall (of 25 metres (82 feet) and a drop of 60 m (200 ft)) surrounded by green mountains makes it spectacular.

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Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces, a single or double rainbow is normally visible on sunny days. But we could not capture that as given the time of the year we visited Iceland, there were very minute chances of Sun itself 🙂

During my time in Iceland, I was very much mesmerized with the stories behind each attraction. So I would like to share an Icelandic tale behind this waterfall 🙂

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According to Icelanders, the first Viking settler in the area, 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. How interesting, that chest actually disappeared.

If you did not have enough of the sight, you can choose to hike the path that climbs up the cliffs surrounding the recess containing the falls to yield top down views of not only the waterfall but also the view towards the Atlantic Ocean as well.

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Just before leaving Skogafoss, we took a small turn around the area to have a quick look at the open air museum that shows the houses during old times in Iceland. When I looked at the houses it definitely looked pretty, but then the thought of how people managed to live is such a small space and how bad it would be during rainy and snow days.

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  1. Nice images !!! I am getting more and more impatient to visit Iceland , but I’ll still have to wait till September next year.
    Anyways our hiking trip ends in Skógar. So I should be able to visit this stunning waterfall and museum as well. Really looking forward.

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    • Hi David

      Thank you so much for stopping over. Iceland is beautiful country and I have fallen madly in love with it.

      Please feel free to get in touch if you need any help or suggestion.

      Cheers
      Aanchal

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  2. Thank you for telling the story! I love your photos of this waterfall, and though it is very very cold, I also like the look of the houses there. With a stove inside, roaring full of fire, it could be toasty warm and so cozy inside. You would forget it was small for a little while. 🙂

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    • Thank you so much Crystal. Yeah houses were so fascinating, and I am sure they would be beautiful from inside too. Iceland weather will always make you want to feel cozy. I am already dreaming of going back to Iceland next summer 🙂 I wish I get the chance again. But in summer this time, not in winters lol

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