Skogafoss is one of the most popular waterfalls in Iceland and is in the top 5 largest in the country. Aside from the millions of gallons of glacial melt-water cascading over this huge cliff, Skogafoss offers camping and hiking for the adventurous visitor. It is an impressive curtain of glacier melt water. Skogafoss is unique because the waterfall comes directly from two glaciers.
Skogafoss sits under the Mýrdalsjökull between Vík and Hvolsvöllur. It is 20 kilometers from Seljalandsfoss. Although the falls now sit some 5 kilometers back from the sea, it used to fall into the sea. One of the first settlers in Iceland, Þrasi Þórólfsson is rumoured to have hidden a treasure chest behind the falls. This is obviously just one of those rumours that was spread to kill stupid travelers. In almost every inaccessible spot in Iceland there is this story of hidden treasure.
Skogafoss Mid Summer
Skogafoss Mid Winter
Skogafoss works well during the winter because it is south facing. The sun hits the full face of the falls after 2PM, but the spray from the waterfall can catch the sunlight a few hours earlier.
Experiment with shutter speed. Try using a tripod and vary shutter speeds from 1/4 to 1/125. Your success will depend on the amount of available light.
There is a set of stairs on the eastern side of the falls which offers great views of the falls to visitors, but for hikers this is the start of the Fimmvörðuháls pass… a hiking route between the Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull which leads to Þorsmörk. Both the names ‘Þorsmörk’ and ‘Skógafoss’ suggest forest land.
In 2010, the area suffered badly under the ash from the Eyjafjallajökull.