Drone restrictions

UAV permit application for use within Vatnajökull National Park

General use of UAVs (drones) is not permitted within Vatnajökull National Park. The reasons are: Protection of wildlife within the park; Visitor safety; and the park's objective of quality experience for its visitors. This is in accordance with regulation about Vatnajökull National Park (608/2008), article 9.

Park managers may issue permits for the use of drones for specific projects that are in accordance with the park's objectives. Separate permits are issued if the use is a part of scientific research or large-scale film projects, application form can be found here.

This application form is for all UAV use that is neither a part of a scientific research or a large-scale film project. Please note that applications must be sent at least 7 days in advance of the proposed date of drone use.

Application form for UAV use: [Word file] 

Note must be taken that police and ICE-SAR personnel are exempt from seeking permit when the drone use is part of law enforcement or search & rescue operations. The drone use of the previously stated personnel  has however to be reported to the park authorities.