After driving through the world’s largest plain of lava gravel, we arrived at the visitor centre of Skaftafell National Park. Regarding the time, we decided to do only a short hike to the Svartifoss Waterfall (4km round-trip), also called the black waterfall. The waterfall is surrounded by dark lava columns, which gave its name. The hexagonal columns were formed inside a lava flow which cooled down very slowly.
The hike starts at the visitor centre of the park and it’s easy to find as it is the most popular one. The path is uphill most of the ascent, but you can stop briefly at Hundafoss, the dog falls, to catch your breath and have a look at the crest of the falls. It is situated roughly half of the way to Svartifoss. After that, it’s getting a little flatter, and you have nice view of the Skaftafell mountain !
We have had a very long day and I felt lazy at that point and I didn’t want to get closer… I was glad that seeingthrough35mm had a good lens and that we could capture the waterfall from a distance :-) Now, I kind of regret not having walked all the way to the waterfall….
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