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Svartifoss – or ‘the black waterfall’, is one of the Skaftafell National Park’s major attractions. There are mightier waterfalls in Iceland, such as Gullfoss or Godofoss, but few are as instantly recognisable. Svartifoss obtains its name not from the colour of its waters, which foam white over the cliff edge, but from the black basalt columns that flank the waterfall. Arranged in a regular hexagonal pattern, the rocks hang off the cliff face like the pipes of an organ and were the inspiration for the architectural design of the National Theatre in Reykjavík.

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