Svartifoss Waterfall, Vatnajokull National Park

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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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  • You pay to park then walk about 40 minutes mostly up hill to this stunning waterfall. The water crashes over basal columns with the water casting a beautiful rainbow. We were lucky to have only one.....  more
    You pay to park then walk about 40 minutes mostly up hill to this stunning waterfall. The water crashes over basal columns with the water casting a beautiful rainbow. We were lucky to have only one.....  more »
  • We saw so many amazing waterfalls on our Iceland trip, but this was my favorite. It’s not very big, but the setting and the geology really made it stand out. The trail to get there isn’t very long or....  more
    We saw so many amazing waterfalls on our Iceland trip, but this was my favorite. It’s not very big, but the setting and the geology really made it stand out. The trail to get there isn’t very long or....  more »
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  • Very nice light hike to this Waterfall. It would take around 40-45 minutes to get there but it is definitely worth it. Very nice surrounding area.
  • One of our favorite waterfalls in Iceland. Around 40 minutes hike to get there, but with nice views and not a difficult hike. Only the last bit, as it was covered with ice and snow was a bit slippery. Definitely worth doing!!

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