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Skaftafell is now a part of the largest National Park in Iceland, the Vatnajökull National Park. It lies in the Glacier Country, a remote but attractive part of the south. The park covers an area of about 1,600 km2 which spreads over three valley glaciers of Skeiðarárjökull, Morsárjökull and Skaftafellsjökull on the southern fringes of Vatnajökull. Founded in 1956, the park is one of Icelands distinctive natural attractions of extravagant beauty. The park & glacier lies about 200 km east of Hotel Rangá on the main road. Nowhere in the country is the natural variety and contrast as abundant and evident as in Skaftafell. Vast glaciers, ice-blue glacial lakes with silent icebergs, forbidding crevasses, mute peaks, jagged rocks, gulches, canyons, hanging valleys, shimmering ice tunnels, giant grotesque ice-arches, ice-falls, mountain torrents, roaring glacial rivers, ice-cold mountain streams flowing in ravines with luxuriant vegetation and wild flowers, waterfalls, basalt columns of most unusual configurations, rare birds and plants, birch forest, lush vegetation, and many other natural marvels have created this tellurian spectacle.
FAQ about Skaftafell National Park
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Skaftafell national park is located in south eastern part of Iceland. It takes approximately 2,5 hrs. to drive from Hotel Rangá to Skaftafell one way.
Skaftafell is a gem for nature lovers, there are many hiking trails both easy and intermediate for hikers, one of them leads up to Svartifoss waterfall. Vatnajökull Europes largest glacier is near Skaftafell national park.
There are numerous local tour companies that offer tours to Skaftafell national park. Please check with reception for tours available today.
Distances from Skaftafell National Park
It takes approximately 2 hrs. 40 min to drive from Hotel Rangá to Skaftafell national park.
It takes approximately 4 hrs. to drive from Reykjavík to Skaftafell national park.