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Skogafoss (or more accurately Skógafoss; “SKOH-ga-foss”) is a waterfall situated on the Skógá River in the south of Iceland at the cliffs of the former coastline. This was a classically-shaped rectangular waterfall that dropped 60m with a width of 25m.

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.

The waterfall was the setting for Sólstafir’s 2012 music video Fjara off their album Svartir Sandar.
The waterfall was a location for the filming of the Marvel Studios film Thor: The Dark World, as well as The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

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A tourist stands in front of Skogafoss, appreciating the size and power of the waterfallJonathan Reid


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11Ludvig Almås

via [Wikipedia / WorldOfWaterfalls]

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One Response to Skógafoss

  1. Alison says:

    The waterfall’s surroundings are so verdant! Truly incredible. Thanks for the nice introduction to Skógafoss; it definitely helped to solidify a trip to Iceland on my bucket list!


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