Trip Planner: Europe / Iceland / East Region / Vatnajokull National Park / Skaftafell / Svartifoss Waterfall
Svartifoss is a waterfall in Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland, and is one of the most popular sights in the park. It is surrounded by dark lava columns, which gave rise to its name. Other well-known 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 this waterfall is noteworthy for its sharp rocks. New hexagonal column sections break off faster than the falling water wears down the edges.
These basalt columns have provided inspiration for Icelandic architects, most visibly in the Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavík, and also the National Theatre.
With our custom trip planner, Vatnajokull National Park attractions like Svartifoss Waterfall can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
Tours To Svartifoss Waterfall
Iceland Photo Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $5,400
Duration: 9 days
Svartifoss Waterfall Reviews
Breathtaking falls and even more amazing surrounded by snow. Sadly we only had 20 minutes to enjoy this stunning place. If you can hire a car and do it yourself as on a coach tour it is rather... more »
Magnificent not as a sizable waterfall, but rather a combination of special hexagon rocks and water. Need an 45 minutes walk from car park. more »
A fantastic reward at the end of a moderately short hike. Take advantage of some of the other areas of this national park as well! The falls can get a bit inundated with tourists so if you can find an off time to visit, I'd recommend it.
Not the biggest but definitely one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland! The walk to get there is pretty easy and don't take long! Fully recommended
Places to stay near Svartifoss Waterfall
Plan your trip to Vatnajokull National Park
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Vatnajokull National Park
Side trips from Vatnajokull National Park
Nature in Vatnajokull National Park
Hidden gems in Vatnajokull National Park
Plans to Svartifoss Waterfall by other users
9 days in Iceland BY A USER FROM CANADA April, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Iceland BY A USER FROM ITALY August, culture, outdoors, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 13 days in Iceland BY A USER FROM ITALY August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Iceland BY A USER FROM FRANCE June, outdoors, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Iceland BY A USER FROM FRANCE June, outdoors, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in Iceland BY A USER FROM CANADA February, culture, popular sights PREFERENCES: February, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium