Skaftafell National Park, Skaftafell

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Now considered to be part of Vatnajokull National Park Skaftafell National Park offers the chance to explore Icelandic valleys, glaciers, rivers, and mountains. Starting at the information center, plan a guided tour through the park's grounds or hike the trails yourself. Known for its consistently sunny weather, the park is also home to tons of plant life; birds, such as ravens and merlins; and mammals, such as arctic foxes and mink. You can hike up on the glacier, known to be the largest in Europe. Check out one of the major focal points within the park, Svartifoss waterfall or "black waterfall." It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Skaftafell National Park and many more Vatnajokull National Park attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Vatnajokull National Park tour planner.
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  • The Park is beautiful. Highly recommend you buy the map (300 ISK) at the visitor center to get an exact idea of the trails and how to cross the Park, so choose wisely what to see (we took the path up to the viewpoint Sjonarsker and the return on the West side of the Park, seeing several beautiful waterfalls, and also the route on the East side up to the glacier). At the visitor centre you can also eat (ate well spending a modest fee ... recommended the salmon, even if it's cold).
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  • Great place to hike and see the glacier. We first hiked up to see the Svartifoss and other waterfalls. Afterward we hiked down and out to the glacier. A must see location  more »
  • We visited this park recently and spent two days hiking there. The first day, we hiked past Svartifoss, and then followed S3 around, then followed S4 and a spur up to the peak of Kristinartindar (seei...  more »

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