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Glacier caves in Vatnajökull - a few tips.

Although the winter in South East Iceland has been rather wet and warm, most tour operators have started their glacier cave season. We would like to point out that visitors should never enter a glacier cave without the minimum safety equipment, which are a helmet and (usually) crampons. The conditions can be different between glacier caves, so there is often need for more extensive equipment, such as an ice axe, harness and a rope. The safest way to visit a glacier cave is with an experienced guide.
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Visiting Dettifoss waterfall

Please note that directions from Google Maps are not accurate as they direct towards road 864 on the east side which is now regarded impassable (road 864 is a primitive gravel road). Road 862 is paved from road #1 to Dettifoss check road.is for conditions Read further for update on trail conditions.
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A new map brochure for Jökulsárgljúfur

An improved map brochure for the Jökulsárgljúfur area (Ásbyrgi, Vesturdalur, Dettifoss) was recently published by Vatnajökull National Park. Map resolution is considerably larger than before and the area map for Ásbyrgi has been enlarged.
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Danger at Svínafellsjökull

WARNING: Civil Protection advises against travel on Svínafellsjökull due to landslide danger. In particular, guided tours on the glacier are discouraged. Travelers are advised to stop only for a short while at viewpoints by the glacier tongue.
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Vatnajökull National Park nominated for inclusion in the World Heritage List

On behalf of the Icelandic government, the Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources and the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, have nominated Vatnajökull National Park for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
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Vistor Centre and Cafeteria in Skaftafell closed today due to power maintainance

Today, December 19th, the Visitor Centre and Cafeteria in Skaftafell are closed,at least between 11.00 - 15.00 due to maintainance on electric transmission lines. The closure might be extended if the loss of electricity stays longer. We are very sorry for the inconvenience this may have for our visitors.
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Holiday hours in Gamlabúð

Gamlabúð, the information center in Höfn, will be open during Christmas and new year.
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Ranger cooperation between Vatnajökull NP and the Environmental Agency

Vatnajökull National Park and the Environmental Agency of Iceland recently signed a cooperation agreement regarding supervision and visitor information this summer in the south-central highland of Iceland.
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Ranger cooperation between Vatnajökull NP and the Environmental Agency

Vatnajökull National Park and the Environmental Agency of Iceland recently signed a cooperation agreement regarding supervision and visitor information this summer in the south-central highland of Iceland.
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Ice caves in Vatnajökull outlet glaciers: Safety announcement

In recent winters, ice caves have become a popular tourist attraction. And no wonder, since they are quite an attractive phenomenon with their blue colour and intriguing light. The winter is also the best time to visit an ice cave in terms of safety and accessibility. However, it is always a risk to enter an ice cave and that risk increases late in the winter.
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