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Various activities within Vatnajökull National Park require a permit, such as research, film and advertising production, and the use of drones.

Vatnajökull National Park's cooperation with the scientific community is both statutory and extremely valuable. Multidisciplinary research is carried out in the dynamic nature of Vatnajökull National Park every year. The National Park is also a popular location for film and commercial shoots, and the use of drones by tourists is increasingly popular.

Objectives of the establishment of Vatnajökull National Park according to Article 2. in the national park law is to:

  • Protect the nature of the area, such as landscape, biosphere, geological formations and cultural monuments.
  • Give the public the opportunity to get to know and enjoy the nature and history of the area.
  • Promote research in the area, educate about it and encourage increased public understanding of the quality and uniqueness of the area.
  • Strive to strengthen settlements and business activities in the vicinity of the national park, i.a. by encouraging the sustainable use of the quality of the area.

The aforementioned goals are a guiding light in all the work of the national park and strategic planning, i.a. when contracts are made for private business-related activities in the national park. The primary condition is always that the activities comply with these goals.

Procedures: The purpose of the procedures is to inform the applicant about the requirements for applications and application documents and what requirements must be met in order to be issued a permit. The purpose of the procedural rules is also to inform the applicant which procedure is followed when receiving and processing applications within the administration of Vatnajökull National Park.

Practical information before applying for a permit

Drone permit application - recreational use

UAV (drone) permit application for recreational use within Vatnajökull National Park

Commercial filming permit

Film-making, the making of advertisements and other such activities

Research permit

Research of nature and the natural environment and of cultural remains

Special event permit

Sporting events, gatherings (weddings, birthdays, etc.), concerts, and other such activities

Vatnajökull National Park pricelist

Here you can view the price list of Vatnajökull National Park for issuing permits