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Beautiful falls. NOT an easy trail though!! The constant uphill on the couple Km’s to get there makes it moderate in my opinion

Amazing hike! I know its rated as hard, but this would be considered easy for a NH White mountain hike. The views are magical.

In my opinion this is one of the most beautiful falls in Iceland of the ones I saw. The hike has a incline on the way there and a decline on the way back. Recommend!

Ça vaut la peine de suivre la S3, de faire la boucle et de passer par Svartifoss.

A fantastic hike. Just do it you won’t regret it. It’s not hard at all. a few steep sections but easily doable.

Recommend doing the loop with Austerbrekkur on the way up to see the glacier, then to the waterfall. Or if you need and easier hike do the A. Trail on the way down. But it’s a great view on the whole way up to look at the glacier!

The glacier views on the hike up and amazing as well as the valley!! It’s through trees and such a nice climb. Do this hike up and then loop to the waterfall Svartifoss, and other loops with viewpoints for the way down. Don’t miss the waterfall it’s amazing.

Easy hike with just a few steeper sections. We set out along the ridge. This was terrific since we could see the glacier for the whole walk up. Also nice birding in the shrub area. The view at Sjonarnipa was lovely and worth taking some time to enjoy. The walk from there to the Svartifoss waterfall was delightful, and included some boardwalks to protect the wetlands. We absolutely loved this hike.

Svartifoss is a tiny but very idyllic waterfall because it’s situated in a forest of bushes which is rare in Iceland!

Beautiful waterfall surrounded by basalt columns. The hike starts at the National Park visitor center. It takes about 25-35 minutes to the Falls and is a gradual climb. You can go back the same way or continue on a loop that adds about another miles or so. Definitely worth your time when in Iceland!

Beautiful loop - crowd thins after Svartifoss - awesome overlook on to Skaftafellsjokull glacier and icebergs. I recommend instead starting on the S3 (left side) to waterfall and onto s6 for less traffic than main central corridor path. Take Sjonaripa from the Falls across to breathtaking lunch spot overlooking the glacier. then go down on the Austurbrekkur.. Nice 6 mile loop. glacier views,, waterfalls, wildflower meadows... easy to moderate

Thats a good one! But please make the detour to svartifoss. I know it's touristy, but why not?

A very easy loop. It might be worth to add sjonarnipa. If you have the legs, then the must do in the area is kristinartindar!

Error, wrong trail, this is for the fimm... trail, trying to fix ASAP

Here is a guide if weather unfortunately was not on the same schedule as your hike. My day started cloudy with a light drizzle starting at Stogafoss. (I recommend starting from this points as you will see all the waterfalls ahead of you as you trek up. Now my weather predicament only went from okay to bad to worse. Granted I was well prepared and being cold not wet was an issue, however at 8.6km once the trail splits into 2 ( red and blue). On bright sunny days I highly recommend the red, but you must have proper waterproof shoes for this hike! You will encounter much more snow in the earlier months and you will have to keep a close eye on the trail recorder as at some points in the snow the poles are completely buried after a heavy winter. Unfortunately in my case, I was completely lost and without direction in the middle of a storm; complete whiteout. If this is your weather for the trek, I HIGHLY recommend to stick to the blue trail as it marked much more adequately and a safer choice in harsher conditions.

If the weather works out, but you don’t have any to to catch the bus at the end part of he trail, I believe a loop up the red trail and down the blue trail would be a fantastic choice. 30km +- give or take, should take you less than 10hrs total; remember I did this in a storm and was horribly lost at some points. In great weather and proper equipment, you can finish this hike in 8-9 hours if you are fit.

Hiked to sjonarnipa (out and back did not do the loop) and had awesome view of the glacier. Did not take the svartifoss route because we had already seen so many waterfalls in Iceland. This was not a crowded trail and the views were amazing along the way . Moderate to difficult. Steady incline with some flat parts . Took us about two hours including pictures.

Beautiful views going up. Easy hike and well marked trail.

Went here in mid march, and only saw 2 other people on the trail on the way to the Svartifoss. On the way back we passed about 40 people who had come in on a bus. If you can get there early and beat the buses, then you should have the place almost to yourself.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

This trail is heavily trafficked to and at the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall, but only lightly trafficked to and at the intriguing Sel turf houses. Our kids enjoyed having two very different highlights in a single relatively short hike. You can chop off 0.2m by cutting back across a bridge over the river to close the loop earlier if you don't mind getting back on a heavily trafficked trail (we had the slightly longer trail to ourselves).

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