Svartifoss Waterfall, Iceland

Svartifoss Square

Svartifoss Waterfall

Svartifoss waterfall s the highlight of the Skaftafell National Park in South East Iceland. This was a wet September day long before they constructed viewing platforms and bridges at the Svartifoss waterfall. We were able to get up on the West bank among the fallen basalt columns – there’s a clue to the safety of this beautiful spot.

Intimate composition

Some textures are worth getting extremely close (what I call intimate foreground). The rewards are clear when you get onto a piece of wet basalt with a mini Icelandic forest growing it’s head.

Waterfall Photography

With Svartifoss, it is the only waterfall I don’t mind chopping off the top. Sometimes I include it, but there is so much detail in the surrounding basalt columns, that you can eliminate all sky – this helps your exposure.

Waterfall waterfall, why do you challenge me so?
You put up a rainbow mask and hide your pots of gold.
With a deafening roar you challenge my senses so
Your relentless cascade falling since times of old.

Photo Tours

These photo tours may include Svartifoss. In the Winter the route to the falls can be challenging and even closed if too dangerous.

Four day Geysirs & Glaciers

This four day Photo Tour of the Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir, South coast, Jökulsárlón and Höfn offer a huge range of photo opportunities.

Five day Beautiful South

This photo tour combines the Golden Circle, Snæfellsnes Peninsular , South coast & Jökulsarlon photo tours to give a complete South Iceland experience.

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