Svartifoss Waterfall, Skaftafell

Svartifoss is a waterfall in Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland, and is one of the most popular sights in the park. It is surrounded by dark lava columns, which gave rise to its name. Other well-known columnar jointing formations are seen at the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland, Devil's Tower in Wyoming, United States and on the island of Staffa in Scotland. There are also similar formations throughout Iceland, including a small cave on the beach of Reynisdrangar.
The base of this waterfall is noteworthy for its sharp rocks. New hexagonal column sections break off faster than the falling water wears down the edges.
These basalt columns have provided inspiration for Icelandic architects, most visibly in the Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavík, and also the National Theatre.
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Svartifoss Waterfall Reviews

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  • You are able to walk close to waterfall. In some months you can walk behind this fall. It a unique fall.  more »
  • A 25km head wind and lots of loose snow made this more challenging than usual. By the time I got to the main event the trail was all but lost under 60cm of powder.  more »
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  • A fantastic reward at the end of a moderately short hike. Take advantage of some of the other areas of this national park as well! The falls can get a bit inundated with tourists so if you can find an off time to visit, I'd recommend it.
  • Not the biggest but definitely one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland! The walk to get there is pretty easy and don't take long! Fully recommended

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