Svartifoss

star4.6 · flag5
place8, Iceland

Reviews

Danny Rowland

One of the coolest waterfalls in Iceland. It flows over a crescent of basalt pillars. It is not as big as other falls but it is unique. The hike to get there is not bad either and it passes another falls and goes along a stream with views of the mountains and the plains. There is a charge to park, but the WCs are nice and there is a lot of information at the visitor center.

Johnny Limas

A bit of a hike to reach the actual waterfall from the parking lot but definitely worth the effort. If you are leaving from Svartifoss for a glacier or ice cave hike from the foot of the hill make sure you make time to go see the waterfall either before or after your tour.

Sumeet Kumar

Pretty waterfall, a 30-40 minute hike from the visitors center. In the wintertime, the waterfall somewhat reduces in volume, but the surrounding lava columns are spectacular nevertheless. The hike to the falls gives a constant view of the Oraefajokull volcano and the southern plains. Note that the path to the waterfalls can be EXTREMELY slippery/iced over. Crampons ARE required - even if they are the basic kind you find at Icelandic gas stations.

Koen Zomers

Visited this waterfall today with my wife and two kids of 1.5 and 3 both carried in a special backpack for kids. It was quite a bit of a hike up on the mountain. The part from the top down to the waterfall was very wet and muddy. It was well doable in the end though and sure worth the effort. What an impressive and unique waterfall. And perhaps even more impressive was the endless view over the green/brown landscape from the top of the mountain. Truly unimaginable. Only the main trails to the glacier and waterfall were open. All side trails were closed. There was no ice anymore so no dangerous situations as I've read others mention only days ago. Normal shoes will suffice if you're okay with them getting muddy. Took us 1.5 hour in total for going up and down again. Clean free restrooms in the visitor center at the start of the walk. You must pay 600 ISK (about 5 euros) to park your car and get access to the trails. There's no additional fee per person. It's self service and based on trust. You pay in the visitor center. Only by card. Nobody checks nor do you get a receipt. Well worth doing, even with kids but beware that there are dangerous places along the trail so keep your kids close.

Einar Páll Svavarsson

This is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. Although rather small it is the surrounding and the beautiful basalt column that makes this waterfall so unique.

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