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Ranger programme summer 2022

One of the main goals of Vatnajökull national park is to share knowledge about the nature, nature protection, history, and cultural heritage of the sites. Over the summertime park rangers offer free ­edu­cational guided walks and share information at ranger stations.
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Visitor centres will be closed during the holidays

Due to a rising in COVID-19 cases in Iceland, all Vatnajökull National Park’s visitor centre’s will be closed from 24th of December until further notice.
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New crevasses in the glacier east of Grímsfjall (Vatnajökull) - Change of travel routes

Due to number of crevasses caused by a new ice-cauldron on Vatnajökull glacier east of Grímsfjall, the mountain should be approached from west and north, not east, as until now has been possible.
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Icesheet in Grímsvötn subsiding

GPS measurements are showing that the icesheet in Grímsvötn has started subsiding which indicates that a flood is likely starting. Grímsvötn is the most active volcanic system in Iceland and in the heart of Vatnajökull National Park. 
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200-person restriction limit on camping sites and change in educational activities

Vatnajökull National Park's operations have had to adapt to the current restrictions on gatherings in Iceland and other covid control recommendations. In some areas, increased infection prevention and restrictions include increased cleaning and surveillance. Therefore, there is less capacity for e.g. educational projects. All campsites have a limit of 200 people, the use of face masks is obligated in all visitors centers and the 1-meter rule applies in all areas. The national park encourages visitors to pay close attention to personal infection prevention.
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Temporary closure of Skaftafell Visitor Centre

From the 26th to 28th April, the Visitor Centre in Skaftafell will be closed due to employee training. All other services of the National Park are available and rangers are on site during office hours.
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Easter in Vatnajökull National Park

Due to the current assembly limits, Vatnajökull National Park's Vistor Centres will be closed over Easter. Restrictions do not affect outdoor activities and traveling in the national park. Restrooms are open in Skaftafell and Jökulsárgljúfur. Vatnajökull National Park nevertheless encourages people to follow the government's recommendation to limit travel and take care of disease control if passing through.
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Temporary closure of Skaftafell Visitor Centre

From the 8th to the 15th of March, the Visitor Centre in Skaftafell will be closed due to construction. All other services of the National Park are available and rangers are on site during office hours.
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Programs and events over summer 2020

The summer schedule of the park is now available
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Vatnajökull National Park and Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The alert section will be updated with changes in park and facility operations.
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