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Ice caves in Vatnajökull outlet glaciers: Safety announcement

Due to increased hours of daylight and higher air temperature, ice caves in the outlet glaciers of Vatnajökull have become less stable and more dangerous to visit. It is important that people take the utmost care all the time when near an ice cave and that they evaluate its condition prior to entering
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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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Holiday opening hours of Visitor Centres

This winter, three of the five Visitor Centres in Vatnajokull National Park have had daily opening hours. These are the Skaftafell Visitor Centre and Gamlabúð Visitor Centre (in Höfn), in the southern territory of the park, and Ásbyrgi Visitor Centre up north. The first two have had daily opening hours for some years but Ásbyrgi Visitor Centre joined the the other two this winter. A welcoming and needed service to those park visitors who visit us during the winter months.
The opening hours during the Christmas holidays are as following:

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Closing of hiking paths in Skaftafellsheiði 17.-18. November due to heavy wind

Extreme winds and gusts are expected in the south and south east today Thursday, 17. November until tomorrow, Friday, 18. November. Hiking path S3 around Skaftafellsheiði is closed due to the storm until Saturday. Path S6 is also not recommended during the storm.
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Ongoing constructions on the path to Svartifoss waterfall in Skaftafell

For the past couple of weeks constructions and maintenance work have been underway on the main path to Svartifoss. This photo was taken during the weekend when rangers and local farmers in Öræfi were working on the path. Further constructions will take place this week. 

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