Skaftafell National Park was established 1967 but as from 2008 it became a part of the larger Vatnajokull National Park. The size of the Vatnajokull National Park including Skaftafell is around 14.200 km2 making it Europe's second largest National Park after Yugyd Va in Russia.

Skaftafell National Park in Iceland

When travelling around Iceland this part of the country should not be left out because there are breathtaking sceneries and vistas wherever you go and great opportunities in terms of photography and outdoor activity of all kind. 

The landscape can be compared with some areas from the Alps with mighty mountain peaks covered with snow along with variable glacier sceneries and volcanoes. 

Iceland´s highest summit Hvannadalshnjukur can be seen in this area.  Characteristic for Skaftafell National Park is diversity and contrast and when travelling through there you will witness black sand plateau, vibrant glaciers, rivers and icy lagoons, volcanoes, majestic mountain peaks and dynamic floras

Vatnajokull glacier in Iceland

Skaftafell National Park is located by the roots of Iceland largest glacier Vatnajokull and once there you will witness plenty of its outlet glaciers cascading to the lowland, all with different names and characters.  

You can even get very close to some of those glacier tongues and grand sceneries making one feel pretty vulnerable and small compared to this giant terrain and forceful nature.

Vatnajokull glacier in Vatnajokull National Park

Skaftafell park is located in South Eastern of Iceland and to get there is pretty easy because you follow the main road number 1 about 330 km east from Reykjavík. There are no roads in the park but a lot of trails and paths offering different kind of hikes.

The beautiful Svartifoss waterfall is situated at the end of one of those trails making the hike worth everything. Svartifoss is a small waterfall but what makes it special is the black basalt lava wall surrounding it. 

If you are into more extreme outdoor activity there are a lot of possibilities in this area. In the visitor center located in the park you can get all the available information needed.   

Svartifoss waterfall in Skaftafell National Park

The beautiful glacier lagoon Jokulsarlon is not far away from Skaftafell park direction further East and of course a must visit area as well.

Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in southeast Iceland

Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in southeast Iceland

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See also:

Skaftafell Nature Reserve Tours

Vatnajökull National Park Tours

National Parks in Iceland

The Best Part of Iceland

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