Famous waterfall falling over the edge of a cliff
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Skógafoss is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. And it is located along the Golden Circle, so you can visit it easily. This waterfall is fed by the Skógá River. The water drops over the edge of a cliff into the plain. It is a waterfall with a special past.
Only a few know that this was once Iceland’s coastline. After a number of volcanic eruptions, the island had grown. Scientists discovered this relatively recently. So back then, this waterfall fell into the ocean, although there is a good chance that there was not even a waterfall. This is because the landscape of Iceland has changed a lot over the millions of years.
Skógafoss has a width of 25 meters and is 60 meters high. This makes it one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland, but also one of the most beautiful. It falls beautifully over a rock edge.
In the winter months, Skógafoss is popular for seeing the Northern Lights. The waterfall is easy to reach and is less affected by clouds than many other places. So you can regularly see the natural phenomenon here. Make sure you have a tripod so you can shoot 15 to 20 seconds.
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In addition to a large amount of water that flows down, this waterfall also has a continuous water mist. As a result, you regularly see one or more rainbows. You will find several hiking trails around the waterfall. Including to the top of the waterfall.
In the summer the waterfall is less strong. You can then walk behind the water. Which gives beautiful photos, especially on the longer days. The sun is low on the horizon and the light is remarkably soft. It is also a wonderful place to relax and have a picnic, for example.
You will find Skógafoss in the south of Iceland not far from the town of Skógar. And so it is located on the popular Golden Circle. There is a large car park, although it can get busy here.
Try to avoid weekends, especially in summer. This is the high season and it is best to go very early in the morning. Or even at night, when it only gets dark for a few hours. Or not at all during the midsummer night.