Svartifoss Waterfall, Skaftafell

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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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  • This waterfall is surprising, you'll access after a short hike that climbs but courage it's really worth. Once at the waterfall don't stop the and continue the hike on the little bridge. You will see the waterfall seen from the top. Parking (750 ISK) for 24 hours.
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  • It is beautiful waterfall in a very nice nature set up. We have arrived at the upper parking lot, which is still about 35 minutes of fast walk to the fall. It was raining a lot, but we have decided to...  more »
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  • A hearty 45 minute walk out to the falls was great in the light snow. Personally i thought the basalt columns were more visually striking than the falling water. Recommend going early, 10am, before the crowds.
  • Very nice little hike to get the legs moving and seeing the rock columns around the waterfall was amazing! Definitely recommend.
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