Getaway to the Svartifoss Waterfall in Iceland

Getting in touch with nature and its natural wonders can be a very enlightening and relaxing experience. And there is probably nothing in nature more breathtaking than a waterfall. One such natural wonder is the Svartifoss waterfall, also known as the black fall. The water falls from a height of about 20 meters (60 feet) and is located in a horseshoe shaped gorge filled with dark basalt columns.

Svartifoss waterfall is located in Skaftafell National Park, in the South of Iceland. This waterfall is famous for the dark columns shaped like a hexagon; these basalt columns are what give the fall its name. They were formed from lava that slowly cooled down and crystallized in the process.

Svartifoss (Photo credit: qiv)

The bottom of the fall is full of sharp rocks resulting from falling column sections from the back of the fall. The rate that these sections break off is faster than water can wear down the sharp edges that is why the sharp rocks seem to never disappear. The place is also surrounded by blooming wildflowers which gives it a very serene quality.

Svartifoss (Photo credit: David Gil)

The fall's fame and unique look gave inspiration to the design of a number of infrastructures in the country, most notable of which are the National Theatre and the Hallgrimskirkja Church. Visiting the Svartifoss waterfall may inspire you to visit these national landmarks, too.

The waterfall is about a 45 minute hike from the visitors' area making the visitors enjoy the wonders of the natural surroundings of the park before seeing the waterfall. One will come by a couple of other waterfalls along the way. The hike though is mostly uphill and only comes downhill nearing the waterfall so it can be a bit of a workout for those not used to hiking.

It certainly is a fine way to relax. This part of Iceland also boasts of having a very agreeable climate and sunny summer days, making it is a nice place to go to to get away from the hustle and bustle of every day life.

097 Svartifoss (Photo credit: James G. Milles)

Since you're going to Iceland - I suggest you might try a different kind of Vacation - dog sledding.

Skaftafell National Park (Photo credit: Andrea Schaffer)
Skaftafell (Photo credit: Valeria Cerutti)

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