One of Iceland’s most breathtaking waterfalls, Skógafoss is located near the village Skógar and is surrounded by unusual scenic beauty. Before cascading off the cliffs as Skógafoss, the river flows through the Skógárgil gorge, which boasts more than twenty more waterfalls, each with its own charm. There is a walking path leading to the top of the waterfall (it has 527 steps!) to a viewpoint and then follows the river upstream where these dramatic waterfalls of sheer beauty can be found. Skógafoss is 60 metres high and 25 metres wide and you can walk right up to it as it is just off the Ring Road. When standing so close to such a powerful waterfall, the magnificent force of Mother Nature becomes apparent.
There is also a well-known folklore connected to the waterfall. It says that the first Viking settler at Skógar farm, Þrasi Þórólfsson, hid a chest filled with gold coins in a cave behind the waterfall. It is believed that you can see the gold shine on sunny days behind the waterfall. Many have tried to find the chest and one man is said to have found it. He tied a rope around the chest ring and pulled and the ring came out and was used for the church door for the church at Skógar.