Novel Coronavirus COVID-19

Updates concerning Vatnajökull National Park and novel coronavirus (COVID19)

Reception closed and changes in opening hours for visitor centres


The following receptions and visitor centres are closed while from the 15th of March 2020 and last for the next four weeks you can reach the office by telephone. +354 5758400 or with email at

Urriðaholtsstræti 6-8, 210 Garðabær

Einhleypingi 1, Fellabæ, 700 Egilsstaðir

Skaftárstofa, Visitor centre, Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Gamlabúð, Höfn

Snæfellsstofa, Skriðuklaustri

Changes in opening hours for visitor centres

Due to less traffic and time consuming cleaning protocols Park managers have decided to change the opening hours of the parks visior centers:

Gljúfrastofa, Ásbyrgi will be open every weekday in March and in April from 11:00-15:00.

Skaftafellsstofa, Skaftafell will be open every weekday in March and in April from 11:00-16:00.


Opening hours for Easter holiday will be updated later.

Minister of health has declared a ban on gatherings for 20 people or more.

24 March A stricter ban on gatherings starts

22 March Minister of Health announces a ban on gatherings of 20 people or more, starting Tuesday 24 March 2020.

19 March All countries defined as having high-risk for infection. All Icelandic citizens and all those who reside in Iceland who arrive from abroad must undergo quarantine.

15 March Results from screening indicates low rate of infections among the general public

Health Alert Notice for International Travellers in Iceland Concerning the NovelCoronavirus (COVID-19)

Individuals in Iceland who belive they may be infected with COVID-19 or who have been in areas affected by COVID-19 or in close contact with other people who have been in affected areas should read the information on this page.

Alert for Travellers

If you have been in risk areas for COVID-19 in the past 14 days you should monitor your health until 14 days have passed since leaving the area. If you become ill with fever accompanied by cough, or difficulty breathing, you should consult a physician. If you fall ill with these symptoms while in Iceland please call 1700 from an Icelandic phone number or +354 544 4113 from a foreign phone where a health care professional will give you further information and guidance. The emergency services number in Iceland is 112.

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