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Summer 2013 Photo Tour — Icelandic Summer Light » Darkling Falls, Skaftafell National Park

Darkling Falls, Skaftafell National Park

Darkling Falls, Skaftafell National Park

Svartifoss is one of the many famous waterfalls dotting the landscape of Iceland. It’s so named (“svartur” is “black”) for the dark-colored hexagonal basalt columns cut through by the 20 meter falls, blackened further by many years of corrosion until new chunks of the columns break off and expose new rock surfaces. It’s not a massive or grand waterfall by Iceland’s standards, but it is one of the most interesting ones I saw, calling to mind something like organ pipes within a small amphitheater, all rendered in stone. The basalt columns found in locations like this one are a design theme that shows up frequently in architectural designs.

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