Day of Icelandic Nature

The Holuhraun eruption from 2014. (photo: Sigurður Erlingsson)

Vatnajökull National Park celebrated the day of Icelandic nature by adding information about the World heritage inscription of the park. Vatnajökull National Park was inscribed on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites at a meeting of the World Heritage Committee in Baku, Azerbaijan on the 5th of July. This confirms that the natural environment of the Park and the Nature Reserve at Lónsöræfi have a unique value to humankind.

Go  to UNESCO site

In celebration of Iceland´s Nature Day, Skaftafell held a guided walk with a ranger on what makes a national park – the story of Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður. Guests from around the world gathered to learn about the park´s beginining in 1967 and the events that followed leading up to this year´s accomlishment as Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guests were interested in what makes Vatnajökulsþjóðgardur unique and shared their experiences of other national parks including Patagonia in Argentina, Joshua Tree in the USA and the Caingorms in the UK. As the walk ended at Skaftafelljökull, the talk ended with a discussion on the important role national parks play in nature protection and conservation.

Guided hike in Skaftafell with a ranger on the 16th of september

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