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In Skaftafell in Iceland a light hike will make a great place fantastic

The old farm Sel towering over Skaftafell Park and pitch black sands all the way to sea. PIC Francesco Diez

The old farm Sel towering over Skaftafell Park and pitch black sands all the way to sea. PIC Francesco Diez

Odds are you will be blown away just by driving the road to Skaftafell National Park, now a part of Vatnajokull Glacier Park. This odd place with vast expenses of tar black sands to sea, two white glaciers sneaking down from high ground and in between an oasis of green and wonderful is without any doubt one of Iceland´s most wonderful spots.

As seen here we highly recommend spending time here and few will regret if they do even if time is limited. But what we did not tell you is that one should not let a walk to the glacier´s end suffice. Should you have some strength left you should absolutely make the trek up the rather steep hill above the camping ground. You will be well rewarded for your troubles.

Keep on trucking up the hill

For one, you will come upon the old farm here. Built with traditional methods back in the day this turf-roofed building is well worth a look and even if old local architecture won´t excite your senses the view from here will.

But hold on a minute. There is more to come. Keep on trucking up the hill and follow a trail named Svartifoss-trail for a few minutes. If you do, you will soon be enjoying one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the whole country.

This wonderful waterfall will be your reward if you hike a little in Skaftafell National Park. PIC gabri-micha

This wonderful waterfall will be your reward if you hike a little in Skaftafell National Park. PIC gabri-micha

Svartifoss is stunning from all sides and most impressive are the hexagonal lava columns forming the the whole way down. Should you have explored Reykjavik city beforehand something here might be faintly recognizable. This waterfall inspired the buildings of Hallgrimskirkja church at Skolavordustig and also the National theater at Hverfisgata.

 


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