Skógafoss is a waterfall in Iceland which is part of the Golden Circle. Skógafoss offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;
- Skógafoss waterfalls – upper and lower viewing platforms
- Filming location of Thor – Dark World
- Crashed DC 3 Plane
If you wish to sleep where a Thor movie was made then there are a few onsite hotel options. The advantage of staying on site is that you’ll be able to photograph the falls at off peak times when there are no tourists around.
Parking is free at Skógafoss and it’s free to see the falls from both viewpoints. You’ll also find bathrooms and a restaurant. The fee to use the bathrooms at Skógafoss was $2 which I got a huge thrill out of not paying.
Skógafoss waterfalls are part of the famous golden circle in Iceland. There are 2 main viewing points of the falls, from the bottom (above) or you can climb up the metals stairs to the top. Where is the best place to photograph the falls from? I photographed it from very close with the fish eye which didn’t really work because spray was hitting the lens. The reason I chose this angle was because there were hundreds of tourists stood right behind me, any other angle would have included lots of tourists. I would say it is best to photograph the falls from quite a distance where the tourists will become dots and it’s probably better to photograph them in summer, with greenery, a blue sky and maybe a rainbow. My picture came out black and white as it was a dull day with lots of snow, it’s definitely not Instagram worthy!
I have to be honest with you, the view from the upper viewing platform is not so brilliant as you cannot see the falls right to the bottom. The platform is not in a great position for viewing, is quite small and there are lots of tourists fighting for space. It’s also a stress getting up and down the stairs as there are a lot of unfit people blocking the route. Having said all this, you can witness a 25 meter wide river dropping 60 meters which is quite rare. The upper viewing platform is a must even if the view doesn’t tempt you, you should climb the stairs for the exercise before you get back in the car and fill up on unhealthy snacks.
An interesting fact about the cliffs of Skógafoss is that they used to be the cliffs of the former coastline.
On the beach, virtually straight across from Skógafoss there is a crashed DC 3 plane. The plane is located on a black sand beach called Sólheimasandur which you walk to after parking 4 km away on route 1. The plane is actually the United States Navy Super Douglas Super DC-3 airplane and had to crash land on the beach after suffering from severe icing. The plane was later abandoned and only the fuselage remains. This DC 3 plane has become a famous site in Iceland.