Culture and history

According to folklore, the golden chest belonging to the settler Þrasi from Skógar can be found underneath Skógafoss. It is said that 3 men tried to recover the chest from underneath the waterfall around 1600. They got close enough to the chest that they could hook into a ring on the side of the chest that protruded from the cascading water. When they tried to pull the chest closer, the ring unfortunately came loose, and so there was no other way to reach the chest. Today it is believed that the ring from the chest is the ring on the church door in Skógar. Further information and education can be found in the Skógasafn history and culture museum.