September 24, 2012 – Photos of the Week: A Photographic Journey and Journal of Iceland #2 (featuring Skogafoss)

As I mentioned last week we spent 16 days in Iceland. We started our journey in Reykjavik, as many tourists do, by renting an SUV and venturing out on the Route 1 highway that will take you around the island/country. This highway is 1339km in length but since we did many many many side trips on our visit, we logged in 3400km when we returned the rental vehicle! We headed west from Reykjavik and as mentioned last week, we first stopped in Seljalandsfoss (Sell-ya-lands-foss), and continued westward afterwards to our hotel in Vik (pronounced Veek).

On our way to Vik, we came across a few sights that are worth sharing.

First we came across a beautiful farm that sits at the bottom of the famous volcano/glacier called Eyjafjallajökull (pronounced Aya-Fyat-la-yo-ke). This name should sound familiar as it is the volcano whose eruptions in 2010 caused massive disruptions not only to the lives of Icelanders and travelers of Iceland, but to all flights in the whole European region. Also, Eyjafjallajökull is famous too because its name is unpronounceable to anybody who does not speak Icelandic! Well during our 16 days in beautiful Iceland, we finally managed to pronounce it correctly and not embarrass ourselves everytime we tried to pronounce it! See above for pronunciation.

Porvaldseyri (also spelled as Thorvaldseyri) is owned by a grain/meat/dairy farmer named Ólafur Eggertsson {Iceland Review}. Apparently there is a vistor center there that has a fascinating video about the 2010 eruption. We skipped it though because we spent a little too much time at Seljalandsfoss so we took these 2 images and moved on!

Porvaldseyri Panorama

Porvaldseyri Cliff Face

The next stop we made was the stunning waterfall known as Skógafoss (pronounced sko-ga-foss) that is situated on the Skoga river. So beautiful! Like Seljalandsfoss it also sits on the cliffs of the former coastline of Iceland. It is 60m tall (200ft) and it is 25m wide (82 feet), which makes Skogafoss one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland. There is usually considerable spray and mist at the waterfalls therefore it is common to see a single or double rainbow at the falls, 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 {Wiki}.

Skogafoss

Double Rainbows + Water

If you wish to see more of the area, and don’t mind a few steps (377 to 400 of them, depending on which source you read), you can ascend them on the Eastern side of the falls and you’ll get a great view at the top!

The Steps Up

When you get to the top of the stairs you can access hiking trails by traversing this fence bridge and the hiking trails will take you 20km to Þórsmörk (pronounced Thorsmork) and on the other side and eventually to Landmannalaugar (pronounced Land-man-a-lay-gar), 55 km away {Something About Iceland}.

I walked part of the hike and it is quite breath taking! While I was up there I took this image of these beautiful cascading waterfalls.

Cascading Falls

Until next week….

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~ by Larry on September 24, 2012.

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