Protection and management
The objectives of designating Vatnajökull and its surroundings as an area of preservation are:
- To protect the nature of the region, including the landscape, biota and geological formations, as well as cultural features
- To allow the public to get to know and enjoy regional nature, culture and history
- To provide education on nature and nature conservation and on regional history, society and cultural features, as well as encouraging research to gain greater knowledge of these aspects
- To strengthen communities and business activity in the vicinity of the park.
To reach these objectives Vatnajökull National Park is divided into four areas. Each area has a park manager whose role is to ensure that operations within the park are in accordance with the park's rules and regulations.