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Skogafoss - South Iceland

Skgar, literally forest, is a small Icelandic village located at the south of the Eyjafjallajkull glacier. The area is known for its famous water fall, Skgafoss, on the Skg river, which springs of 60 meters top of an eroded cliff.

The waterfall Skgafoss, is situated in the south of Iceland at the cliffs of the former coastline. After the coastline had receded into the sea (it is now at a distance of about 5 km from Skgar), the cliffs stayed behind parallel to the coast over hundreds of kilometers, creating together with some mountains a clear border between the Lowlands and the Highlands of Iceland.

The Skgafoss is one of the biggest and most beautiful waterfalls of the country with a width of 25 meters and a drop of 60 meters. 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, rasi rlfsson, buried a treasure in a cave behind the waterfall. A local boy found the chest years later, but was only able to grasp the ring on the side of the chest before it disappeared again.

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