Vatnajökull National Park nominated for inclusion in the World Heritage List

The Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources, Guðmundur Guðbrandsson, and the Minister of …
The Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources, Guðmundur Guðbrandsson, and the Minister of Education, Science and Culture, Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, along with the project team and visitors at Hoffellsjökull glacier last Sunday. Photo by Orri Páll Jóhannesson.

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. The nomination itself was signed last Sunday by the respective ministers, Mr. Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson and Mrs. Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, and presented yesterday to UNESCO representatives in Paris. 

 The proposed Outstanding Universal Value of the park rests primarily on the interplay of volcanism and glacial ice (“Fire and Ice”) and the diverse landforms derived from this interplay, many of which are non-existent or rare on the World Heritage List., e.g. tuyas (table mountains), tindar (móberg ridges), jökulhlaups, sandur outwash plains, subglacial lakes and geothermal areas. Also of interest in this regard are the long cone rows, lava shields and vast lava flows found within the park.

 The nomination document was prepared by Vatnajökull National Park. It was edited by Dr. Snorri Baldursson, with the contribution of some 60 scientists, cartographers, designers and language experts. At 360 pages, it is safe to say that the nomination document is very informative about the national park and its nature. Staunchly supported by photos and illustrations it should appeal to many so feel free to download it here [pdf, 28 mb].


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