Vatnajokull National Park

Vatnajokull National Park encompasses an enormous area in southeast Iceland and was officially formed in 2008 by joining together Jokulsargljufur and Skaftafell National Parks. It is the largest National Park in Europe covering an area of 12,000 square kilometers (4,600 sq mi) and could be explored for weeks at a time.

The whole area is dominated by Vatnajokull glacier, which is larger than all of Europe’s combined. There are lovely views from the Ring Road of Vatnajokull and the many outlying glacial tongues that stretch down from the ice cap towards the ocean, indulging travelers to awe-inspiring scenery.

The park offers visitors an up-close opportunity to experience the interaction between glacial forces and volcanic activities. There are a great variety of hiking trails within the park as well as the possibility for ice climbing, ATV rides and snowmobiling.


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