Drone restrictions

Park managers in Vatnajökull National Park instruct visitors not to use drones within the park. The reason is threefold:

  1. Protection of wildlife within the park.
  2. Visitor safety.
  3. The park's objective of quality experience for its visitors.

The instructions are in accordance with regulation about Vatnajökull National Park (608/2008), article 9.


Park managers may issue permits if the use is a part of scientific research or film projects that are in accordance with the park‘s objectives. Permit application forms are here:


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.