Monday, January 14, 2013

Philatelic Photograph: Skógafoss - Skógar, Iceland

Interesting Places I've Photographed
Skógar, Iceland
Topic: Philatelic Photograph

GPS: N63° 31.909; W019° 30.731

Quick Description: 

Skógafoss is located in the south part of Iceland near the settlement of Skógar.

Long Description:

Skógafoss is a glacier fed waterfall that tumbles over a series of cliffs that form formed the southern coastline of Iceland. The sea receded and now the cliffs are about 3 miles inland from the sea. Skógafoss is one of the largest of Iceland's waterfalls. The waterfall is south of the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Glacier and the huge Myrdalsjokull Glacier. The rim of the waterfall is 82 feet wide and the fall has a vertical drop of 200 feet.

Depending on the extent of the water flow, you can get very close to the base of the waterfall. A trail lead to a flat area that surrounds the pool formed by Skógafoss. A hiking trail on the east side will allow access to the area behind the falls and then over the falls to the glaciers to the north.

The stamp was issued by Iceland in 1956 as part of a set of eight stamps featuring Icelandic waterfalls.

Stamp Issuing Country: Iceland
Date of Issue: April 4, 1956
Denomination: 15 Aurar
Color: violet blue

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