The Skogafoss (pronounced “skou.a fos”) waterfall suddenly appeared from the road as we drove through the barren but illuminated landscape of southern Iceland. At 60 metres high and 25 metres wide, it is easily visible from the road; and audible too. Due to the amount of spray that the Skogafoss waterfall produces, a single or double rainbow is often visible on sunny days. Even on an overcast winter’s day, when the sun is hiding, the misty powerful white sheets of glass are just as impressive, and make for a great waterfall photo.
According to legend, the first Viking settler in the area, Þrasi Þórólfsson, buried a chest filled with gold coins in a cave behind the Skogafoss waterfall. A local boy found the chest years later, but was only able to grasp the ring on the side of the chest before it disappeared again.
At the eastern side of the Skogafoss waterfall, a hiking trail leads up to the Fimmvörðuháls pass, between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. It goes down to Þórsmörk on the other side and continues as the famous Laugavegur to Landmannalaugar. There are many beautiful waterfalls around the world—in the rainforests of Australia, on the Zambia/Zimbabwe border, in the fjords of Norway to name a few, but Iceland definitely astonishes with a compact and powerful Icelandic waterfall to entrance and entice visitors.
Because Iceland is so close to the Arctic Circle, the amount of daylight varies dramatically by season. The best time of the year to visit Skogafoss waterfall is generally in the summer months, as this is when daylight hours are at their peak.
However, for photographers, as long as you are willing to take a bit of a risk with the weather, the autumn months provide some great light conditions and potentially some fantastic opportunities to photograph the snow and ice, and obtain some amazing waterfall photos.
Odds n' Ends
If you intend to photograph in this beautiful region, ensure that you come prepared for the elements. Weather conditions can change very dramatically, and as well as preparing for the cold, ensure you also prepare for windy and sunny conditions. Many of the excellent locations are only accessible with a good 4WD vehicle, and it is recommended that a local guide or an organized tour is used for access to some of the more remote and less accessible areas (especially in the autumn/winter months).
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