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Distance

10.33 mi

Elevation gain

2,566 ft

Technical difficulty

Moderate

Elevation loss

2,566 ft

Max elevation

2,700 ft

Trailrank

41

Min elevation

269 ft

Trail type

Loop

Time

7 hours 3 minutes

Coordinates

1413

Uploaded

December 9, 2020

Recorded

May 2014
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2,700 ft
269 ft
10.33 mi

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near Skaftafell, Austurland (Ísland)

Skaftafell National Park was established in 1967, but nowadays is a part of the Vatnajökull National Park, since 2008. We followed a short and easy trail from the Skaftafell Visitor Center towards the waterfall Svartifoss, always North and uphill, crossed the river twice until we got in front of one of the most beautiful and famous waterfalls in Iceland, the 'black waterfall' (Svartifoss), sourranded by basalt columns. It was named after the dark colour of those columns. After recovering from our astonishment, then took a path (the S3 according to the map https://www.vatnajokulsthjodgardur.is/static/files/svaedin/skaftafell/Kort-baeklingar/skaftafell_stortkort.jpg ), towards Skerhóll mountain (524m.). The path actually passes nearby. We wanted to reach further out, left the S3 trail and tried to follow the S4 and climb the Kristínartindar mountain but it was suddenly covered by mist. Thanks to the GPS we found the way back to the main S3 trail, moving East. Fortunately, the mist disappeared later on and we were able to admire the Skaftafessjökull glacier a little bit. From then on, the path went South and the S3 became the S5 that led us back to the visitor centre. A beautiful and astonishing hiking trail, 100% recommendable!
Intersection

Start

Close to the Skaftafell Visitor Center. First signs
Bridge

Bridge

Bridge

Bridge

Wooden bridge close to Svartifoss waterfall
Waterfall

Svartifoss waterfall

Svartifoss (Black Waterfall) 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, the waterfall was named after those columns.
Waypoint

Map

Metalic Compass on the way
Panorama

Views

Views of the Morsárdalur valley
Panorama

Morsárdalur viewpoint

Views of the Morsárdalur valley and river Morsá
Panorama

Amazing views

Views of Morsárdalur and river Morsá
Panorama

Glacier views

Views of Skaftafellsjökull Glacier
Panorama

Glacier views

Views of Skaftafellsjökull Glacier
Parking

Finish

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