Icelandic Road Trip – Hiking to Svartifoss, the black waterfall

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….

If you want to see more amazing pictures of our trip, check out his blog :-)


31 responses to “Icelandic Road Trip – Hiking to Svartifoss, the black waterfall

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  2. wow!!! It is awesome and to see such beautiful photos of Iceland which I am planning to go there in October with full of information from your blog is so “cool”.
    Thanks and love it….


      • Yes, we will drive round the island but with only 7 days and six nite I wondering whether I can see so much as you do. Also I still have to book my hotels for some other part of the island which I not sure how as I have no ideas how fast we can drive from one place to next to see all the national parks stated on the travel pack.


        • The speed limit is 90km/h so you can’t drive very fast.. and some roads are really bad. I was there for 3 weeks, so I don’t think it’s possible to see as much as we did :-) And you will have less day light, so it’s also a parameter to consider I think.


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