The Black Falls (Svartifoss Waterfall) is a breathtaking waterfall in Skaftafell in Iceland. It is one of the most incredible and gorgeous sightseeing spots in the Vatnajökull National Park. The glacier area is surrounded by volcanic dark lava columns, which gave rise to its name. Further, the distinguished similar 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 black falls is striking for its sharp rocks. The new hexagonal column sections break off faster than the falling water wears down the edges. These basalt columns have offered insight for Icelandic architects, most evidently in the Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavík, and also the National Theatre.
The Black Falls is so stunning and tempted to step in for a short dip. Tourists came here to hike through a lush green park to the falls. The Black Falls are situated along a wonderful marked track just a few kilometers into the park. The lava flow cooled at a languid pace with frosty air, turned to a beautiful black color over its creation.
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The lava flow cooled at a languid pace with frosty air, turned to a beautiful black color over its creation.
The lava flow cooled at a languid pace with frosty air, turned to a beautiful black color over its creation. Photo Credit – Wikipedia
Ice-cold melting water from the Svinafellsjokull glacier feeds the Svartifoss waterfall. This wonder of nature fall tumbles down 80ft over a cliff which is bordered on both sides by tall black basalt columns, similar to pipes of a giant organ. Moreover, the cliffs contrast with the lush green flora & fauna and cascading falls and provide the site with its name.
Reynisfjara basalt columns (Photo by Colin Rex on Unsplash)
Reynisfjara basalt columns (Photo by Colin Rex on Unsplash)

Svartifoss Hike

The hike to Svartifoss is about one and a half kilometers takes 45 minutes to one way. The most beautiful and interesting part of this hike to come across three more waterfalls in the way. The other three waterfalls are Thieves’ Fall, Dog’s Fall, and Falls of Magnus. A small bridge nearby Svartifoss Waterfall allows you to get a closer view and takes photographs.
The hike to Svartifoss is about one and a half kilometers takes 45 minutes to one way.
The hike to Svartifoss is about one and a half kilometers takes 45 minutes to one way. Photo Credit – Iceland Travel
The trail is a bit uphill along paved/gravel paths, so it does require an extra effort to reach the destination. So, if you are not physically fit, and then shape your body to familiar the climate & uphill task. Overall it is a fairly easy trail.
Svartifoss Waterfall is a breathtaking waterfall in Skaftafell. The most incredible & gorgeous sightseeing spots in Vatnajökull National Park
Svartifoss Waterfall is a breathtaking waterfall in Skaftafell. The most incredible & gorgeous sightseeing spots in Vatnajökull National Park. Photo Credit – Wikipedia
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