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Black Falls – Breathtaking Svartifoss Waterfall in Iceland
The Black Falls (Svartifoss Waterfall) is a breathtaking waterfall in Skaftafell in Iceland. It is one of the most incredible and gorgeous sightseeing spots in the Vatnajökull National Park. The glacier area is surrounded by volcanic dark lava columns, which gave rise to its name.
Further, the distinguished similar columnar jointing formations are seen at the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, Devil’s Tower in Wyoming, United States, and on the island of Staffa in Scotland.
There are also similar formations throughout Iceland, including a small cave on the beach of Reynisdrangar. The base of black falls is striking for its sharp rocks. The new hexagonal column sections break off faster than the falling water wears down the edges. These basalt columns have offered insight for Icelandic architects, most evidently in the Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavík, and also the National Theatre.
The Black Falls is so stunning and tempting to step in for a short dip. Tourists came here to hike through a lush green park to the falls. The Black Falls are situated along a wonderful marked track just a few kilometers into the park. The lava flow cooled at a languid pace with frosty air, turning to a beautiful black color over its creation.
Ice-cold melting water from the Svinafellsjokull glacier feeds the Svartifoss waterfall. This wonder of nature fall tumbles down 80ft over a cliff which is bordered on both sides by tall black basalt columns, similar to the pipes of a giant organ. Moreover, the cliffs contrast with the lush green flora & fauna and cascading falls and provide the site with its name.
The hike to Svartifoss is about one and a half kilometers and takes 45 minutes one way. The most beautiful and interesting part of this hike was coming across three more waterfalls on the way. The other three waterfalls are Thieves’ Fall, Dog’s Fall, and Falls of Magnus. A small bridge nearby Svartifoss Waterfall allows you to get a closer view and takes photographs.
The trail is a bit uphill along paved/gravel paths, so it does require an extra effort to reach the destination. So, if you are not physically fit, and then shape your body to familiarize the climate & uphill tasks. Overall it is a fairly easy trail.