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Hiking Iceland: Beyond Svartifoss to Kristínartindar in Skaftafell National Park

Perfect weather, from what I understand, doesn't happen often in Iceland. Getting a bluebird day with no wind or rain is rare, and for most of the week we spent there, I was in a combination of my down jacket, hat, gloves, and rain jacket.

But sometimes, things just work out, and you get as lucky as you can get. The rain stops, the clouds part, the wind dies down, and some of the most fascinating and awe-inspiring landscapes you can possibly imagine are revealed. On our only full day in Skaftafell/Vatnajökull National Park, that's exactly what happened.

One of the few hikes I found in advance of our recent trip there was a scramble up a rocky, scree-covered ridge in the park - Kristínartindar. Scree scrambles aren't my favorite, but the photos of the views made it impossible to resist. My fiance and I decided we'd give it a go. The bonus? We'd pass by one of the most unique waterfalls on our trip - Svartifoss.
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