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“national park”(21 reviews)
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Skaftafell, Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland
+354 470 8300
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All reviews basalt columns national park nice hike long walk short hike easy hike visitor center hour hike parking lot up hill my opinion viewing platform the black sand beach falling water enjoy the view hike starts beautiful scenery
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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

Thank Rachel M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went in autumn and was stunned by the colourful foliage. The combination of the basalt rocks, the autumn trees and the water were absolutely impressive. The hike was enjoyable and not too long.

Thank michamexi
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The visitors that had extra grips stretched over their boots definitely fared the best. Those without slipped and slid their way there and back along the undulating path. The falls were nice and the rock formations interesting but the short walk there and back is...More

Thank alan2303
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The beautiful photos you see of this waterfall taken from the bottom are shot from a spot not possible to get to on the path, or at least not marked - we’ve never been able to find it in two visits to Iceland. The almost-2km...More

Thank NoFixedPlans
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a case of the journey itself being the destination. The waterfall is rather modest by Icelandic standards, despite its dramatic surroundings of black basalt columns, but the 2 km walk up to it from the car park is delightful - if strenuous -...More

Thank TonySwiss
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It took me about 30 minutes walking up and down hill from the visitor center to reach this waterfall. A bit steep at first. So spare at least 75 minutes for the total walk and took some photos. It was sooo beautiful along the way...More

Thank h35ti
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful waterfall and a great hike from the visitor center to it. It takes about 45 min to get there and a little bit less to come back, pretty steep hike with a beautiful scenery. Totally worth of effort and time!

Thank IvanaK935
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After heading to the visitor center to pay for parking (a must), I asked about the hike to Svartifoss letting them know that my mother is 75 yrs old. I got the same answer I get from everyone in Iceland, the hike is easy..maybe a...More

Thank hikerchick10
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This waterfall is about a 40 minute hike from the visitor center. And unlike the other hike to the glacier which is mostly flat, this one you will need to climb a mountain and then down to get to it. They had made it easier...More

Thank pestman
Reviewed October 7, 2018

It is beautiful waterfall in a very nice nature set up. We have arrived at the upper parking lot, which is still about 35 minutes of fast walk to the fall. It was raining a lot, but we have decided to give it a try....More

Thank JD D
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June 19, 2018|
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Response from denise b | 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.
May 23, 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!
January 17, 2017|
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Response from Dvandenhouten |
Here's the answer to my own question (now that I have been to the Svartifoss Waterfall). The trip to the falls, and the time spent there took a total of about 2 hours. The trail was heavy slush and very slippery in places... More