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  • Parking for Skógafoss is in a large gravel parking area a short walk from the falls.- Skógafoss Waterfall
  • Skógafoss falls about 60 meters (197 feet) down a sheer drop in southern Iceland.- Skógafoss Waterfall
  • Despite the sizable crowds, Skógafoss is very scenic.- Skógafoss Waterfall
  • A stairway leads to a viewing platform overlooking the falls, and a trail continues up the Skógá River.- Skógafoss Waterfall
  • Once making up Iceland's southern coastline, the land that has emerged from the receding coastline is visible from the climb.- Skógafoss Waterfall
  • The viewing platform perched over Skógafoss.- Skógafoss Waterfall
  • Skógafoss.- Skógafoss Waterfall
  • One of a series of falls along the river above Skógafoss.- Skógafoss Waterfall
  • Iceland's Skógafoss.- Skógafoss Waterfall
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Pros: 
Amazingly scenic waterfall! Different viewing perspectives available.
Cons: 
Crowded.
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Region:
Other,
Access: 
Vehicle
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Skógafoss is a 60-meter (197-foot) waterfall along southern Iceland's Skógá River. With a tall sheer drop about 15 meters wide, Skógafoss is a popular stop along Iceland's Ring Road. It is possible to walk to the edge of the shallow pool at the base of the falls. A 525-step stairclimb heads up the hillside to the right of the falls and leads to a viewing platform overlooking the top of the falls and the neighboring area. The cliffs here once made up the land's coastline, although the coastline currently lies about 5km away. From the top, a trail continues up along the Skógá River, passing by numerous other smaller falls as it continues up.

A popular Icelandic legend has it that a past Viking settler, Þrasi Þórólfsson, left a treasure chest behind the falls, promising riches to the first person who found it. Later, a group of locals sought the chest, and hooked it, however when they pulled it out, the hook only pulled the chest's ring free, with the chest remaining behind. The ring is on display at the nearby Skogar Museum.

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