Svartifoss Photography Guide

Basalt waterfall by Jiri Hajek
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Svartifoss (Black Falls) is a waterfall 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.

These basalt columns have provided inspiration for Icelandic architects, most visibly in the Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavík.

The water flow through the basalt columns make this waterfall pretty unique and thus a very rewarding photography location. As usual with waterfalls, some moody overcast weather works best, but generally speaking any weather can result in great photographs here.

Getting there: It's just about 1 km from the trailhead, where you can park your car.

Written by Jiri Hajek

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