Photographer's Note

There are numerous photos on TE of Skogarfoss, and why not? It's one of Iceland's most impressive waterfalls, the water from the massive glaciers, Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull, cascading 60 metres and creating a fine, misty spray which often yields rainbows on a sunny day. The water thunders over a cliff which was once, very long ago, the coastal shoreline. Today, the cliffs are 5 kilometres from the shore on the south coast.

Walking up close to the falls is likely to see one drenched, something I was not keen to do, even on a bright June day. But I did manage to climb the 370 steps up the eastern side to the top of the cascade, which gives one access to the Fimmvorduhals pass, a popular hiking route between the glaciers.

Legend has it that an early Viking settler in the region hid a chest of gold behind the cascade. Through the centuries many tried to retrieve it, but only succeeded in pulling away from the chest one of its ring-shaped handles. It's said this ring found its way to the local church door, and is today reputedly the ring which is on display in the Skogarfoss Museum.

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Aperture: f2.83
ISO: 200
Lens: 24mm

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