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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  • Waterfall you do not see everyday. It looks like all this huge amount of water comes from nowhere. There is a path leading behind the waterfall and it gives you the perfect opportunity to see its magn...  more »
  • Sublime waterfall in the National Park, small walk that climbs not bad (30min go), well worth the cost.
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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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