Svartifoss Waterfall
Svartifoss Waterfall
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  • Tom J
    London, United Kingdom1,698 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Highlight of Skaftafell
    We decided to opt for the S2 hike in Scaftafell as we had a lot of other areas we planned to see on the day we visited. Estimated at a 45minute 1 way hike, it starts with a steep incline for a good 20-30 minutes until you reach the top of the hill. On the way up you will pass 2 additional waterfalls before it levels out - these provide some good vantage points along with a stop to catch your breath. Once you arrive at Svartifoss there is no mistaking which waterfall you are at, with the basalt columns framing the falls it is quite the sight! From a top the hill you can see Svartifoss off in the distance, you can also walk down to get much much closer to it from the bridge and the lower viewing platform. All in all we managed to do the S2 hike in around 1hr 10 minutes - about 20 minutes quicker than the estimate but we do a lot of physical activity. Even with this however the incline portion was a good task!
    Visited August 2023
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Avux99
    Cheshire, United Kingdom1,734 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Svartifoss
    Arguably the highlight of the Skaftafell area, at least in my opinion, which is why I only did the Svartifoss Trail before moving on. A steep hike up from the car park. Loved the fact that they have used some of the loose hexagonal basalt stones as steps! You can do the trail as an out & back but I opted to walk over the bridge in front of the waterfall & make it a loop trail coming back down the other side of the river, which was a much quieter stretch than the trail proper, nice if you want a bit of peace from the tourist throng!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 September 2023
  • luan c
    Sunnyvale, California7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Waterfalls that “inspired” the Reykjavik landmark church
    Svartifalls (Black falls) is located in Skaftafell Nature Reserve in the Vatnajökull National Park, southeast Iceland. It is framed by black color basalt column beautifully, hence the name. The trails from the parking lot is around 30 minutes uphill hike, it’s worth the “sweat”as when you get there, the view is breathtaking and it looks so different from the others. The trials have view points of the Nature reserve. Big thumbs up. Some Icelanders say Svartifalls inspired the design of the Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavik.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 May 2024
  • Kysoccerdad17
    Crestwood, Kentucky10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice falls, worth the hike!
    At the end of a long day in the rain, we considered skipping Svartifoss but the rain let up a bit and we decided to make the uphill trek. Hundafoss was a nice side benefit but the payoff was clearly well worth the hike. We’re waterfall fans and it’s probably not in my top 5 waterfalls on this trip but Skaftafell overall is still a great stop.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 June 2024
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Riso M
39 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
I paid the paring fee and later decided to stay in the campground (guests do not have to pay for parking on the arrival day). I asked the admin to return the fee, he replied something like "working on the task" but I never received a dime back. And never heard of them anymore. Sad
Written 28 August 2020
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LookingForFamilyFun
Houston, TX1,738 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Family
This waterfall is beautiful, but it requires a fairly long and strenuous hike uphill to get there. The signs are also a bit confusing; when we got to the first sign with a map (after studying it hard) we chose to turn left along a flat path. This path took us past several streams and a cozy place where lambs were kept before turning uphill to go to the waterfall.

A small car costs 750ISK to park, but the water closet is free. There’s also a food stand near the visitor center.
Written 1 September 2022
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Cubicinches
Los Angeles, CA189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
I actually felt this was my favorite waterfall in Iceland after I did the Ring Road. It's not the biggest or tallest or any other superlative. But it had a very pleasant setting and appearance that made me want to spend the day just sitting and watching. The columnar basalt formations are amazing and unique. I did the big loop that goes to the waterfall and then out to Sjónarnípa viewpoint for a view of the glacier. My Apple Watch glitched and so I don’t know my exact distance and time. But the trail is supposedly 5 miles. I highly recommend the relatively short hike to see the waterfall. Continuing to the viewpoint depends on your level of fitness and the weather since my view was partly obscured by clouds.
Written 5 August 2021
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Tom J
London, UK1,698 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
We decided to opt for the S2 hike in Scaftafell as we had a lot of other areas we planned to see on the day we visited. Estimated at a 45minute 1 way hike, it starts with a steep incline for a good 20-30 minutes until you reach the top of the hill. On the way up you will pass 2 additional waterfalls before it levels out - these provide some good vantage points along with a stop to catch your breath.

Once you arrive at Svartifoss there is no mistaking which waterfall you are at, with the basalt columns framing the falls it is quite the sight! From a top the hill you can see Svartifoss off in the distance, you can also walk down to get much much closer to it from the bridge and the lower viewing platform.

All in all we managed to do the S2 hike in around 1hr 10 minutes - about 20 minutes quicker than the estimate but we do a lot of physical activity. Even with this however the incline portion was a good task!
Written 13 August 2023
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Dennis E
Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands234 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
The area has a (paid) parking area and there's a visitor center, as well as some food stands at the starting point. The waterfall itself is reachable through a nice (but partly uphill, so take it into account) walk and there are a few marked hiking routes that take you along beautiful creeks, some other waterfalls and some great views of the plains below. Nice place for birdwatching and photography. When we visited it was busy, but definately not too crowded.
Written 18 June 2022
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Julie O
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We began the hike to this waterfall at 6 in the morning as we had such an action packed day and we didn't want to miss it. The hike was all uphill getting to the waterfall, but the path was very well maintained with just a few icy patches at the end. The waterfall was amazing and you pass 2 other waterfalls on the way. We were back in the car by 7.30 (and this was with 2 children) Glad we did it. Early in the morning was just lovely as you hear all the birds and there are no people. Please note the parking costs money.
Written 8 April 2022
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LisaPunk01
Southborough, MA765 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Svartifoss is another beautiful waterfall in Iceland in Vatnajokull Natl Park. It's a predominantly uphill hike for a little over a mile. The views are spectacular and there's an overlook for another waterfall (I believe it is actually a lower part of Svartifoss) on the way up. Other than being uphill the hike is not difficult, the trail is well maintained. The very regular and even basalt columns around the waterfall make this a must see. We really enjoyed hiking to it!
Written 28 August 2022
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laylalae
Slovakia268 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Quite an easy 1 hour walk from the campground will get you to this waterfall and as this is one of the nearest and easiest walk here in the area of Skaftafell, be prepared for more people on this hike. Neverthless, the waterfull is very nice with its basal columns. For me it was interesting to watch little water drops dripping down from basal columns as if they were taken out from a slowed-down animated movie.
Written 30 August 2021
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Al A
Dubai, United Arab Emirates90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
This is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. More than the waterfall itself, the basalt columns formations are more enthralling! Approx 2km one way; A bit of steep hike for those not accustomed to walking; but the steep incline is roughly for 1km only. The view though once you get there is breathtaking.
Written 21 June 2023
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Stefan G
Washington DC, DC1,055 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
One of the most iconic waterfalls in Iceland, certainly. The basal rocks make it very special.

It is a decent trek/hike, perhaps 30 mins to an hour depending on your motivation and fitness level. As for parking there is a carpark where you have to pay. Alternatively, you can drive further down the road until you get to a road that is blocked off to thru-traffic and the road you're on just kinda dead-ends. I parked on the side of the road here, as did a handful of other people, though it wasn't entirely clear if it was/is authorized. If you're unsure, just park in the pay to park area.

Close by is the Skaftafell Visitor Center, which offers toilets and a cafe.
Written 21 November 2021
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