Amphitheater of Water
This is Svartifoss, one of Iceland's most famous waterfalls and (from what I saw) one of its most heavily-visited. Svartifoss is located in the Skaftafell section of Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland's southeast. Its striking natural beauty and access to glaciers makes it very popular with locals and tour groups. In fact, this was the only place we went in all of Iceland where we had trouble finding a parking spot; the place was just jam-packed. Okay, jam-packed for Iceland means a couple hundred people, but there were enough people everywhere we went that I had to wait my turn to take pictures, and carefully compose shots in the hopes of excluding people.
Svartifoss is not all that easy to reach - it's a hike of a few kilometers, up hills that are steep if not treacherous, with a final descent down a long series of serpentine steps. Despite this, many dozens of tour-bus passengers, most of them looking ill-prepared for this kind of physical activity, made the hike to gawk at this waterfall. As I'd observed earlier in the day, none of these people seemed all that excited about being here - at least their faces didn't betray and wonder or happiness. Perhaps they were just winded.
Svartifoss is famous for its amphitheater of basalt columns, and many photographers have captured gorgeous shots right up next to the falls. But now - undoubtedly due to so many previous visitors - there is a wooden fence blocking access any closer than from where I took this shot. As I didn't want to flout the rules in front of 200 other people, I stayed on the proper side of the fence.