Skogafoss Chest Of Gold

January 30, 2013 by  

Skogafoss Chest Of Gold, One of our first stops heading west from Klaustur was Skogafoss. Skogafoss is one of South Iceland’s most impressive waterfalls, about 75 feet wide and 200 feet tall, with a large enough water volume that it generates a fair amount of wind and mist. Like most of the major waterfalls, it also has it’s own legend.

No, not trolls this time, but Vikings, apparently one early Viking settler, Prasi ??r?lfsson, hid a chest of gold under the falls that was never found except for a large ring from the side of the chest, which apparently is now part of an elaborate door-knocker on the local church. However, supposedly more than a few people over the centuries have had various misadventures trying to find the treasure. If it’s not those troublesome trolls, it’s the Vikings, I guess.

Oh, and Skogafoss also sports a hot dog truck. The Skogafoss Country Wagon can generally be found in the main parking lot of Skogafoss, near the campsites and the laundry area for hikers. Like Pylsukoffin back at Krafla, Skogafoss Country Wagon seems primarily there as a source of cheap eats for the local hikers and the occasional tourist.

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