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 special purposes. 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.

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.