After a very rainy night in a tent close to Skogarfoss camping, we set off very early with our DSLR cameras to explore epic Skoga river Canyon in attempt to capture some long exposure shots that day. We were utterly excited as trekking through the Fimmvörðuháls trail in Iceland was named one of the world’s best hikes according to National Geographic. I packed camera gear into my backpack, left campsite at the bottom of Skogarfoss hill and started going up the hill as the place was situated slightly higher then the whole Skogarfoss center. At the very beginning, we need to struggle with a very steep slope by going through a steal stairway and grabbing hold of rail to reach a hill.
By the way, I need to admit that it seems to be a very tough starting point for photographers generally based in cities. But, The effort payed off as at the top of the hill, we admired gorgeous panorama view of Skogarfoss Canyon. We carried on trekking through hiking trails not getting closed to the edges of canyon so much as the place was pretty slippery and unstable that time. The hiking had nothing to do with a short walk as well. We walked for a few miles along the Skoga River – the river which is continuously shaping the canyon. The place is definitely off the beaten path, therefore we did not come across so many photographers and hikers.
After hiking around 1.5 miles, we made a stopover in a really stunning landscape for capturing long exposure photo in that location. What grabbed my attention so much, was dramatic Skogarfoss canyon panorama view, really perfect for my wide angle Canon lens 16-35mm. I could not resist taking 20s long exposure shot even though I experienced a heavy rain . Weeping Lee filters with lens cloth gave me such a hard time but at the same time it was a must during that time. Not to mention that my camera got really crazy during that day as it got condensed a bit. Anyway, I succeed in taking my favorite, slightly creepy wide angle shot of the canyon.
The place is very demanding for photographers as it does not offer typical, lonely object- easy to photograph. You need to think twice about building your composition before capturing photo otherwise you end up repeating this process again. Try to make the most of moss covering rocks of the canyon. A nice texture and shapes at should not be overlooked either. Try to chase an proper light as the canyon at noon sunshine is definitely less spectacular then at sunrise or even overcast day. This is just the basis for building visually appealing composition there. After shotting pics, we went back to the waterfall to get some photos of the place as well. Very misty by the way what can be approved by locals:
Skogafoss is a must-see on your tour of Southern Iceland. The waterfall itself is impressive and mighty–just be sure not to stand too close if you don’t want to get soaked in mist.
If someone wants to continue walking Skoga river canyon, they can come across lonely Fimmvörðuháls hut at the end of the trail. However, the path is very long and you need to be carefully prepared before hiking over there. Anyway, if someone decides to go back to Skogarfoss camping, I pretty recommend eating local beef & bacon burger with traditional Icelandic sauce. Not all dishes are to be recommended but this one for sure will satisfy your hunger after fruitful photography tour.