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"Svartifoss - The Black Fall." Top 5 Page for this destination Iceland Things to Do Tip by Regina1965

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  • Svartifoss. - Iceland
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      Svartifoss in the distance.
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  • The hiking route up-hill overlooking the vast sand - Iceland
      The hiking route up-hill overlooking the vast sand
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  • The basalt formations by Svartifoss. - Iceland
      The basalt formations by Svartifoss.
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      Svartifoss fall.
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Svartifoss is situated in Skaftafell national park. The national park is 4.807 km2 and an oasis after driving through the vast sands of Skeiðará "Skeiðarársandur". Skaftafell national park now belongs to Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður national park.

At the Visitor centre you can get information on how to get to Svartifoss waterfall. It is 1,5 kilometres from the Visitor centre, uphill and on the way to Svartifoss you come across 2 other waterfalls Þjófafoss (Thieves' fall) and Hundafoss (Dogs´fall). The hike is ca 90 minutes back and forth with stops, and you can then walk down to Svartifoss to see it up-close. It is a breathtaking waterfall, 12 meters high with black columnar basalt formations which beautifully frame the waterfall and give it its name.

The hike is easy, you don't even notice that you are going upwards until you see the view from above. And it is so worth it. On your way back you can either return the same way or cross the river by Svartifoss and return back there. On that route you will get a closer look at Þjófafoss and get to see the lovely Lambhagi - Lamb pastures. I have added a special page on Skaftafell with tips on these places in Skaftafell.

Address: Skaftafell National Park, 785 Fagurhólsmýri
Directions: From Skaftafell, S-Iceland you walk up-hill for 30-40 minutes to Svartifoss waterfall.
Phone: 354 4781627

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  • Updated Jan 27, 2014
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Comments (3)

  • jojes's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    This is a really really lovely waterfall. Been up there last april. The trail was quite muddy, especially on the narrow part next to the river down. But it was very doable ... And so very worthwhile.

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Dec 7, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      Yes, it is so worth going up there. I have only been up there in summer time, when we visited Skaftafell last November it was not enough daylight to go up to Svartafoss.

  • Durfun's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Beautiful. Love the cool looking basalt cuts :-)

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Dec 7, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      Me too, it looks like it is man-made, nature is such an artist :)

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Oh and more :-)

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Dec 7, 2013 at 7:57 AM

      There are so many waterfalls by the road, but there is a 40 minute´s hike towards this one, but so worth it. A girlfriend of mine got engaged here, the columnar basalt surroundings are so beautiful.

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