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Heavy rainfall in Skaftafell, campsite closed temporally and hikers need to take special care on paths

For the past 24 hours rainfall has measured more than 100mm (3.9in) in Skaftafell. Rangers have checked conditions of the paths and some have streams running down them while others are completely flooded. Hikers are asked to be careful on the paths. The campsite has been closed temporarily due to water level.Rangers are however enjoying the rain and the pictures speak for themselves  https://www.facebook.com/Vatnajokulsthjodgardur 


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Ásbyrgi visitor centre open throughout the winter

This coming winter, Vatnajökull National Park‘s visitor centre in Ásbyrgi will be open every day, except for a few days during the Christmas and New Year period. Throughout October, the visitor centre will be open from 10 AM to 16 PM, but from November to the end of April, opening hours are between 11 AM and 15 PM.

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Use of drones restricted within Vatnajökull National Park

Park managers in Vatnajökull National Park instruct visitors to seek permission from park rangers prior to using a drone within the park.

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Hiking trail to Kristínartindar (S3 and S4) now open.

The hiking route in Skaftafellsheiði (S3) and up to Kristínartindar (S4) has now been opened. The route is still wet and would we like to ask hikers to take special care when walking and stay on the paths to prevent further damage on the path and surrounding vegetation. Furthermore we would like to point out that few streams are on the way and therefore good to bring enough of drinking water on the hike.
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Hiking trail to Kristínartindar closed

The hiking trail to Kristínartindar (S3/S4) is impassable due to thawing conditions (mud, water and snow). Park authorities have therefore decided to close it temporarily. In order to prevent vegetation damage and further damage to the trail, it is important that hikers respect this.

The trail will re-open as soon as possible, hopefully next weekend (June 18th).
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Ice caves in the outlet glaciers of Vatnajökull: 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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Gljúfrastofa Visitor Centre opens in April

Gljúfrastofa, Vatnajökull National Park's visitor centre in Ásbyrgi, will open on 4 April 2016 and stay open throughout April from 10 to 14 every day of the week.

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Phone lines in Skaftafell are down

Phone lines in Skaftafell are currently down due to an equipment failure. Please use +354 8424235 in case you want to call Skaftafell Visitor Centre.
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Renovation work taking place in Skaftafell Visitor Centre

For the next few days, renovation work will take place in Skaftafell Visitor Centre, which may result in minor disruption for visitors. The information desk has been moved to the store room, but the movie room is unavailable.

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Trail conditions in Skaftafell

Snow in the lowland areas of Skaftafell has mostly washed away due to excessive rain in recent days. The best part of the trail to Skaftafellsjökull is clear, but the area next to the glacier is mostly waterlogged. This one hour hike is however the best option for those who intend to hike a bit in Skaftafell.

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