Access to the waterfall Skógarfoss will be limited on Friday due to film making. It has not been confirmed which movie project they are filming that day, but a little bird whispered that the film in question is the Hollywood thriller Thor: The Dark World!
Skógarfoss is a waterfall and one of the biggest in Iceland. It is located in the southern part of the country, falling of cliffs which formed the countries coastline long ago. The former sea cliffs remain, parallel to the coastline for hundreds of kilometers.
Highway No. 1 now runs across the lowlands between the former ocean cliffs and the current coast line.
After the coastline had receded seaward (it is now at a distance of about 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) from Skógar), the former sea cliffs remained, parallel to the coast over hundreds of kilometres, creating together with some mountains a clear border between the coastal lowlands and the Highlands of Iceland.
Hidden treasure behind Skógarfoss?
According to old legends, the first viking settler in the area, Þrasi Þórólfsson, buried a treasure in a cave behind the waterfall. The legend continues that locals found the chest years later, but were only able to grasp the ring on the side of the chest before it disappeared again. The ring was allegedly given to the local church. The old church door ring is now in a museum, though whether it gives any credence to the folklore is debatable.
One of the most popular hiking paths in Iceland starts by Skógarfoss
The route between Skógar (Skógarfoss) and Thórsmörk goes through this pass and is one of the most popular walking routes in Iceland. The route is about 22km long. The area the route goes through is between the glaciers Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull and is called Fimmvörðuháls.
At Fimmvörðuháls, there is a comfortable, modern mountain hut. Also nearby is an older, less well-equipped hut called Baldvinsskáli. The route from Skógar is particularly beautiful, as numerous waterfalls are passed along the way. The route is only accessible between mid-June and late-August. On the night of 16 May 1970, three travellers died in the mountain pass in a snowstorm.