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Discover Vatnajökull National Park

The territory of the national park is spectacular, shaped by the dynamic nature of fire and ice.

  • Dettifoss area closed due to dangerous conditions

    The area at Dettifoss on the westside of Jökulsá á Fjöllum river has been temporarily closed due to dangerous conditions. Read more

Askja
Gígur Visitor Centre
Eldgjá & Langisjór
Skaftárstofa Visitor Centre
Jökulsárlón
Heinaberg
Jökulsárgljúfur
Gljúfrastofa Visitor Centre
Krepputunga
Snæfellsstofa Visitor Centre
Lakagígar
Skaftárstofa Visitor Centre
Nýidalur & Tungnaáröræfi
Hrauneyjar Information Centre
Skaftafell
Skaftafellsstofa Visitor Centre
Snæfell
Snæfellsstofa Visitor Centre
Park areas
Visitor centres

Come visit
– Explore the areas

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Interpretive Program for Vatnajökull National Park

Here you can find the interpretive program in Vatnajökull National Park for 2024.
The interpretive program offers short walks accompanied by rangers and are free of charge. The walks are easy and suitable for most and take place in various sites within the park.

Plan your visit

Vatnajökull National Park offers wide a range of traditional outdoor recreational activities for visitor enjoyment including hiking, driving, camping and bird watching. We recommend exporing the website and then starting at our visitor centres to get updates on services, roads and weather.

Travel & safety advice

Travelling in Iceland requires preparation because the weather is ever-changing and circumstances can vary greatly. Vatnajökull National Park mostly encompasses mountainous territory and land near to mountains, including parts of the highlands of Iceland where summers are short and weather conditions can change suddenly.

Visitor Centres & destinations in Vatnajökull National Park

Vatnajökull National Park is the largest of national parks in Iceland and a Unesco World Heritage site. It holds some of the most popular destinations in Iceland. Travelers must be prepared for ever changing weather and conditions.

The National Park of fire & ice
- Learn & explore

Vatnajökull National Park is unique on a global level due to its geological history, which has been largely written by the protracted conflict between fire and ice.

Unesco World Heritage

Vatnajökull National Park was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List on 5 July 2019 on the basis of its unique natural characteristics.

Melting glaciers

Information about climate change and the associated consequences for glaciers in Iceland and elsewhere.

Nature & history

The landscape of the National Park is shaped by the synergy between volcanoes and glaciers. Vatnajökull National Park and the neighbouring areas have many and varied cultural remains and there are tales of human habitation and farming in the area over the centuries.

Management and Conservation Plan

The Management and Conservation Plan is the principal tool for managing the National Park. The current version (3rd edition) of the Management and Conservation Plan entered into effect on 5 July 2022.

Contact us

We try to make all information available on the website. Try searching this site using the keyword search at the top of the page. You may find the answer to your question faster than emailing us. We do our best to answer all inquiries in good time.