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Skaftafell, Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Consider crampons if the weather has been crummy ... generally a great hike. Beautiful scene in the winter.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MikeTravelGuy6
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is indeed another beautiful waterfall, which Iceland has no shortage of, but the columnar rocks surrounding it make it wonderful to see. The surrounding landscape is of course gorgeous as well. The hiking trails were all very nice too. We did the hike to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank dr_j_now
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yes the waterfall is pretty, but there is no shortage of waterfalls in Iceland. What I really enjoyed was the network of paths in the park, with amazing views over glaciers and snowy peaks.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Nicola B
Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

No doubt about it - it is a must see. Get ready for a very steep hike and at the end of it you will be rewarded with a stunning view. On the way there are another two smaller waterfalls that also deserve mentioning. The...More

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Date of experience: December 2018
3  Thank Paulo_Lambert
Reviewed 10 December 2018 via mobile

This was my favorite waterfall. The hike there is very nice as well. Park at the second lot if possible for it was a shorter hike. There were 2 smaller waterfalls to view before the prize. Take your time and enjoy the hike.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank RitchieC_13
Reviewed 26 November 2018 via mobile

The hike is steep but is worth it when you see the end off it. The waterfall is very different because of the rock formations around it.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Honeylorns
Reviewed 26 November 2018

since i took bus to here so that after setup my camp that is starting quite late but that is good as i could enjoy the hike by peaceful pace & environment. the waterfall itself is beautiful. i took almost 45min at here for picture...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank iamface
Reviewed 21 November 2018

Very unique looking waterfall deep inside the Vatnajokull National Park. The waterfall is surrounded by dark lava columns, which gave rise to its name. It's not a strong fall but the sight is very special and definitely worth seeing. You have to walk through a...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank julicole
Reviewed 19 November 2018

Unlike most of the other waterfalls we visited in Iceland, you can't just drive up and park right next to it. It's about a 40 minute walk (mostly uphill) to the waterfall from the parking lot but that walk is so nice. You pass a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Scratch_Monkey
Reviewed 8 November 2018

Beautiful waterfall that you can get some amazing photos at, should be on everyone's list in Iceland!

Date of experience: October 2018
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10 January 2019|
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Response from BobOxenburgh | Reviewed this property |
We saw young and old last August 10. Quite a busy trail actual. Over an hour in with a 4 year old I would say. (We actually parked further along the road to avoid the crowds of cars parked at the main entrance, and walked a... More
19 June 2018|
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Response from deniseb979 | Reviewed this property |
Three hours would be round trip unless you are a really slow walker. We like to stop, explore, check out wildlife, plant life, etc and did it in under 3.
24 May 2018|
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Response from Ranger145 | Reviewed this property |
Agreed with all the above answers. It's easily done on your own and worth the effort!