Skaftafell National Park

In 1967, Skaftafell National Park was established, but in 2008 it became a part of the newly established Vatnajokull National Park. The Skaftafell region of Vatnajokull National Park is a lush oasis where you can hike for days on gorgeous trails through forests, waterfalls, black sands, mountains and glaciers with Iceland’s highest peak, Hvannadalshnjukur, reaching 2,118 meters (6,950 ft), providing a stunning backdrop.

A short walk into the park offers a breathtaking view of Svartifoss, (Black Falls) bordered on both sides by tall black basalt columns resembling the pipes of a giant organ, and glacier Skaftafellsjokull, but for those who want to reach further out, the Morsardalur valley and Kristinartindar mountain peaks are perfect in terms of distance and labour. Skaftfell is also the perfect base camp for those who seek to climb Iceland‘s highest mountain peak, Hvannadalshnjukur.

Although flanked by glaciers, Skaftafell is actually among the areas in Iceland that receive the least amount of snow. Precipitation usually comes with southerly wind directions that also bring a relatively warm air from the ocean. So most of the time, the precipitation is rain rather than snow. As a result, most of the trails in the lowland areas of Skaftafell are clear of snow all year round.

Skaftafell Visitor Centre is an information and service centre where visitors can find answers to their questions about the Skaftafell area, along with information about hiking trails, accommodation and nearby recreational options.

It also has a gift shop with books, postcards, and special emphasis on local handicraft.

 

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