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Svartifoss is located in Iceland
LocationSouth of Iceland
Number of drops1

Svartifoss (Icelandic for "black waterfall", [ˈsvar̥tɪˌfɔsː]) 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.

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,[1] and also the National Theatre.



  1. ^ Benárd, Aurél (2018-09-01). "Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík. A Late Example of Expressionist Church Architecture". YBL Journal of Built Environment. 6 (1): 86–102. doi:10.2478/jbe-2018-0006. S2CID 73608519.

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Coordinates: 64°01′23″N 16°58′30″W / 64.023°N 16.975°W / 64.023; -16.975