A national park and its most famous highlight


Est. Duration


Message from Sarah and Cédric

The national park of Skaftafell is part of a bigger national park Vatnajökull with plenty of hiking trails along a lot of stunning highlights. The landscape was shaped by thousands of years of volcanic activity. In this park you’ll find several waterfalls, glaciers, mountains and valleys.

The Svartifoss waterfall is probably the most famous highlight in Skaftafell. This waterfall is characterized by gigantic basalt columns, as seen at Reynifsjara beach. An observation platform and a fence are placed in front of the waterfall to prevent visitors from damaging nature and sliding over the slippery rocks. The hike to this waterfall is relatively short but quite steep. Don't let this stop you, we’ve seen people of all ages do this walk and it is well worth it.

Skaftafell is also a popular place to explore the glaciers on all kinds of different experiences and tours. We decided to go on a glacier walk a little further at Jokulsarlon Glacier lagoon.

Want to see more?

I have created curated maps and itineraries for travellers that want to travel like me.