Skógafoss and the Museum
Skógafoss Waterfall is breathtaking, falling from a cliff that was once Iceland´s coastline. The waterfall is 25 meters wide and plunges 60 meters down from the cliffs edge at the small hamlet of Skógar. At Skógar is the famous Skógasafn Museum, which is a cultural heritage mueum which was founded in 1949, in the initative of Mr. Ţórđur Tómasson, who has personally collected many of the over 18000 artifacts on display in the museum, that is certainly a must see when visiting Skógar. It is said that there is a hidden treasure in a cave behind the waterfall, placed there by one of Iceland´s first settlers, Ţrasi ţórólfsson.
Skógafoss is situated by the main highway and can be seen from there when passing. Towering above, are the majestic Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull Glaciers. There is a staircase by the side of the waterfall, a little more than 500 steps to the top, where there is a viewing platform, from where there are fantastic views.
Fimmvörđuháls and Thórsmörk
At the platform is the start or end of the famous Fimmvörđuháls hiking route, connecting Ţórsmörk and Skógar. Although this hike can be done in either direction most people start their journey at Skógafoss. The hike starts walking past the many waterfalls along the Skógá River and further up into the barren landscape between the two glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. This 1 to 2 day hike is only recommended for experienced hikers and it is highly recommended to have a local guide with you because of the extreme weather you can encounter on the trail. Therefore it is too challenging to take on for most people visiting. However walking along the Skógá river above Skógafoss is something most reasonably fit visitors can take on, although it being a bit steep in places.
Volcanic Activity and Eyjafjallajökull
At the top of the hiking route are two volcanic craters, Magni and Móđi, that were created in an eruption that took place in the year 2000. Shortly after this eruption came to an end, a bigger eruption started beneath the nearby icecap of Eyjafjallajökull Glacier, an eruption that became world famous, because of clouds of volcanic ashes that were carried far with wind and disturbed air traffic for months in the northern hemisphere, - especially in Europe. Over 20 countries closed their airspace for commercial jet traffic for weeks during the eruption. Many tours to Skógafoss Waterfall can be found at www.icelandroadtrip.com