When you first go to Iceland, you will probably want to “do” the Golden Circle. That means: you want to see as much as possible of the beautiful things that can be found within this Golden Circle. Within this (most touristic) tour on Iceland you will find many waterfalls. One of the most famous waterfalls is Skogafoss (foss means waterfall).
The Skogafoss waterfall is one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland. It's about 60 meters high and 25 meters wide. You will find the waterfall on road 1, the ring road that runs all over Iceland, and is almost always passable. The Skogafoss can be found at Skogar, in the south of Iceland. It is an impressive waterfall. He is high, wide, a striking appearance. It is also well marked on the signs, so you won't have to look for it for long. But before I take you to the famous Skogafoss, I'll take you a mile away.
You take the same road as to Skogafoss, but do not turn left, but follow the road towards the Skogar Museum. A museum with information about Iceland in earlier years. You could call it an Icelandic open-air museum. I only visited the museum for the bathroom. Warning: this you have to pay: 200 kroner per person, which amounts to almost €1.50. We walk in front of the museum over the parking lot for buses (so put your car at the museum, parking is free, and bus drivers get very chachachageragey when there is another car in their place. They can't just park somewhere else. Sorry, I stray.
Walk across the parking lot and climb over the fence.
This is allowed, there is even a staircase built of steel, to allow you to safely cross the fence.
Then you walk in a meadow with Icelandic horses. The horses don't care about you, leave them alone, and certainly don't feed them! Several horses died from food tourists gave them. Icelandic horses have a sensitive digestive system! And although they seem sweet, they can bite hard and kick. So leave them alone, and take that beautiful picture at a distance! Sorry, I stray again...
Continue your way through the meadow, there is a gravel path built, when you follow that it goes well. Now you walk into a small canyon, you have to climb a bit, but not dramatically, even in the snow it was excellent to do.
When you walk into the canyon you get a beautiful view of a cute waterfall: the Kvernufoss:
The Kvernufoss is hidden away, and that makes it wonderfully quiet. It's a waterfall that you can walk past, something I definitely want to do, but I'm postponing that plan until the summer. I was there in February, and as you can see, there was still snow, which was largely kicked down, and then it soon becomes ice. Too dangerous for me to pass the trail behind the waterfall right now.
At the waterfall we met a few photographers, and furthermore I enjoyed the silence, and the noise of the crashing water that flows through the gorge to the sea.
The way back to your car is the same. After this we left for the famous Skogafoss, but before visiting it we wanted to do something else: next to the Skogafoss you will find a steel staircase: 400 steps high up the mountain. This staircase takes you to a plateau, at the top of the Skogarfoss, about 60 meters high.
The first steps of the stairs (about 30 to 50 pieces) are actually not steps, but rather high steps. As can be seen in the picture. For people with poor walking, these first steps are a challenge.
I myself have worn knees, and had some trouble making the steps because they were so high. Fortunately, there had been more people with this problem, as a result of which, besides the tree trunks, intermediate steps have been worn out. This made the steps a lot easier for me.
After these first steps you get to the steel staircase, which sometimes stagters a little, but is also excellent to walk.
When you're afraid of heights: you look through the steps, it often gave me a stomach turned over.
It took fifteen minutes to get up, there is quite a lot of traffic, and occasionally there had to be a panting to be able to move on again; -)
But climbing the stairs is definitely worth it, because at the top of the stairs there are still many waterfalls waiting for you, including the Hestavadsfoss. A beautiful “low” but wide waterfall, which drains the water to the mighty Skogafoss.
This overview photo does not do justice to the waterfall, which is so beautiful, from different sides, that you keep taking pictures of it endlessly!
After the waterfall, the water flows wildly through exaggerated gorges to the Skogafoss. It swirles and blows against the rocks everywhere, causing them to wear out further and further.
When you can separate your attention from the water and look the other way you have a beautiful view of Iceland:
From this place you can make several (multi-day) walks in the summer. You can even walk to Landmannalaugar, a beautiful area, with many colors of lava. In winter, however, the footpath is closed due to safety. We kept it for a short walk, enjoy the sun, and enjoy the waterfalls. Because above is also the plateau where you can see the water down the Skogafoss. There it is about the edge:
From the plateau it looks like this:
The plateau is a steel grille. Very sturdy, sturdy ballustrades, but because you can see straight through the bottom I was acutely troubled by my fear of heights. So I quickly took some pictures and got closer to the mountain: -).
It is particularly impressive to see the water pour the Skogafoss!
And then you descend the 400 steps again, just like millions of other people, to marvel at the beautiful, powerful Skogafoss:
You have to go around the mountain a little bit, from the stairs to the waterfall. This gives you the opportunity to see the rainbow that often forms near this waterfall.
And there he is: in full ornate: the Skogafoss!
Many people take pictures in the craziest ways. People stand in the water to get a better picture, ignore the warning signs to get as close as possible to the waterfall... I have an opinion about that, so behave differently. I'll stay on safe ground and take my pictures.
These warning signs speak for themselves. I know, after three times in Iceland, these signs weren't placed for fun. When one closes something in Iceland, a road or a path, that is right. So stick to it! You put not only yourself, but also the rescue workers at risk by ignoring signs like this.
I visited Skogafoss in winter, as you can see in the pictures. This summer I hope to come back here and take summer photos. Probably the environment will look very different, I'm already curious!