Skogafoss, Winter

This is a picture I took of Skogafoss, a waterfall in the south of Iceland which is some 200 feet (60m) in height and 82 feet (25m) across.  You can just see the tiny figure of a friend of mine who braved the spray to take a closer look. On such a cold day, I was quite happy to keep a certain distance.

An iconic waterfall and a guaranteed stop on any Golden Circle Tour, Skogafoss is worthy of the attention it receives.  The water cascades over what was once a clifftop but as the sea receded, the coastline is now just over three miles away, the cliffs remained.  Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces, a single or double rainbow is normally visible on sunny days. According to legend, 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.

Skogafoss, Iceland, in winter70mm f/11 1/80 sec ISO-50

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50 responses

  1. Wonderful cascade

    June 22, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    • It is indeed Lou, thank you! :-)

      June 22, 2015 at 9:31 pm

  2. YOWZA!!! :-)

    June 23, 2015 at 1:13 am

  3. Beautiful picture. Wish were there. M:-)

    June 23, 2015 at 1:40 am

    • Thank you very much! :-)

      June 23, 2015 at 8:02 am

  4. Gorgeous! :)

    June 23, 2015 at 1:54 am

    • Thank you Joanne! :-)

      June 23, 2015 at 8:02 am

  5. Very impressive, Chillbrook. And your friend plays a very important part in this picture.

    June 23, 2015 at 3:33 am

    • Iceland’s waterfalls are indeed impressive Shimon. This one especially as you can walk right to the foot of the falls, as my friend did, giving me the photograph.

      June 23, 2015 at 8:05 am

  6. Wow, great shot and lovely legend!

    June 23, 2015 at 7:14 am

    • Thank you! :-)

      June 23, 2015 at 8:06 am

  7. poppytump

    I’m guessing it was an early start for this freezing shot ChillB, Skogafoss really is a magnificent mesmerising sight !
    Looking forward to an Autumn view ;-)

    June 23, 2015 at 7:16 am

    • It was indeed Poppy, before all those Golden Circle tour buses showed up. An Autumn view will be nice..! :-)

      June 23, 2015 at 8:07 am

  8. Very pleasing to the eye

    June 23, 2015 at 9:35 am

    • It is indeed, thank you! :-)

      June 23, 2015 at 11:39 am

  9. nicely framed with the human element which helps to show how big it is :)

    June 23, 2015 at 9:59 am

    • Thank you Joshi!

      June 23, 2015 at 11:39 am

  10. Great shots. This is fascinating and very interesting.

    June 23, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    • Thank you Isabel. There’s always a story! :-)

      June 23, 2015 at 3:20 pm

  11. Reblogged this on Smile Circulation and commented:
    Beautiful!

    June 23, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    • Thank you! :-)

      June 23, 2015 at 3:20 pm

  12. Lovely shot and the well-positioned, yellow-jacketed human for scale made me smile.

    June 23, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    • Thank you Bunty! The odd human being in a landscape shot can be a good thing.. ;-)

      June 23, 2015 at 3:21 pm

  13. Great photo…and watherfall…it is nice to see that watherfall in winter in this summer time…

    June 23, 2015 at 2:39 pm

  14. [Sigh…] you don’t find waterfalls like this in Cornwall. Looks like someone has been here and scattered icing-sugar all over those rocks.

    June 23, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    • No you don’t Jude, that said, I’m sure they were here a few millenia ago. Iceland is so new and where Iceland has cliffs over which water cascades, Cornwall has valleys and coves with cliffs either side. :-)

      June 23, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      • And I can look at your images so I get the best of both worlds :)

        June 23, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      • :-)

        June 23, 2015 at 4:33 pm

  15. anyotherorganians

    How beautiful! You never see many snowy pictures of waterfalls. Wish I could hang it on my wall right now. It’s hot as Hel* here.

    June 23, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    • Thank you! I hope it cooled you a little! :-)

      June 23, 2015 at 3:48 pm

  16. That tiny speck of humanity is crucial to understanding the scale of this fall.

    June 23, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    • That speck does put things in perspective Andy that’s for sure. These falls are really quite something!

      June 23, 2015 at 10:46 pm

  17. Oh Adrain, this is the nicest photo I have seen for days. What a treat for my sore eyes, seeing nothing but dull, grey and wet Bonn …
    Best wishes to you. Hope you are staying warm and dry!
    Dina x

    June 23, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    • I’m so glad Dina! Thank you! :-)

      June 23, 2015 at 10:47 pm

  18. The size of your friend really adds perspective – what a monster! Enjoyed your recital of the legend too.

    June 23, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    • Thank you Carol! :-)

      June 23, 2015 at 10:47 pm

  19. Great shot Adrian……and the image wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for the figure, because you wouldn’t appreciate the scale otherwise.

    June 24, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    • Thanks Mark! It’s really quite difficult to get your head around the scale of Iceland’s waterfalls, even when you’re there in person. Without some reference, it would, as you say, be impossible to appreciate in a photograph. :-)

      June 24, 2015 at 5:22 pm

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  21. This is one utterly amazing shot, Adrian. I agree it wouldn’t be quite the same without the human for that sense of scale.

    June 25, 2015 at 2:33 am

    • Thank you Gunta! I enjoyed taking this one though it was a tad chilly to say the least! :-)

      June 27, 2015 at 9:18 pm

  22. Marvelous.

    June 27, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    • Thank you! :-)

      June 27, 2015 at 9:17 pm

  23. liesbeth2000

    beautiful

    August 7, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    • Thank you! :-)

      August 7, 2015 at 9:54 pm

  24. It’s really fun to compare this photo with the next. So different, both the obvious seasonal change as well as the whole mood. That little guy in the lower corner puts everything in perspective.

    August 22, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    • Thank you very much Otto!

      August 25, 2015 at 8:29 am

  25. Wow gorgeous….. Amazing pic

    February 23, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    • Thank you very much!

      February 23, 2016 at 7:56 pm