Skógafoss Waterfall (What To See - South West)

Skógafoss Waterfall (What To See - South West)
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. 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. 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. At the platform is the start or end of the famous Fimmvörđuháls hike 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 Skógá river and further in 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. 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 icecap of Eyjafjallajökull Glacier, an eruption that became world famous, because it disturbed air traffic for months in the northern hemisphere, - especially in Europe. Many tours to Skógafoss Waterfall can be found at www.icelandroadtrip.com

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