I visited this waterfall in the winter, which meant the trek across flat land to get up close was a sheer piece of ice. The result of this is tourists slipping around and falling, all the while laughing uncontrollably. Before you reach the majesty that is Skogafoss, your belly hurts from giggling so much! To get to the top requires walking up a very long, steep staircase but totally worth it. Not only do you have a great view of the cascading waterfall, and of the people sliding on the ice below you, but you are also able to see far into the distance to make out the black sand beaches along the coast. If you walk further up, and climb over the fence, you will a smaller version of the fall below you, and get a better view of the mountains that surround.
Skogafoss is known for making loud, unexplainable “bangs”, which have been rumored to be a captured half troll- half human in the wall trying to get out! The reason he got caught between the human life and the troll life, was that he was trying to bring gold into the troll life which is just not allowed. Every once in awhile people claim to have found pieces of this gold in the base of the falls.
And if you look at the waterfall with the right light you can almost always see a perfect rainbow.
By: Kelsey Heide