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Ranger cooperation between Vatnajökull NP and the Environmental Agency

Vatnajökull National Park and the Environmental Agency of Iceland recently signed a cooperation agreement regarding supervision and visitor information this summer in the south-central highland of Iceland.
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Ice caves in Vatnajökull outlet glaciers: Safety announcement

In recent winters, ice caves have become a popular tourist attraction. And no wonder, since they are quite an attractive phenomenon with their blue colour and intriguing light. The winter is also the best time to visit an ice cave in terms of safety and accessibility. However, it is always a risk to enter an ice cave and that risk increases late in the winter.
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Holiday opening hours of Visitor Centres

This winter, three of the five Visitor Centres in Vatnajokull National Park have had daily opening hours. These are the Skaftafell Visitor Centre and Gamlabúð Visitor Centre (in Höfn), in the southern territory of the park, and Ásbyrgi Visitor Centre up north. The first two have had daily opening hours for some years but Ásbyrgi Visitor Centre joined the the other two this winter. A welcoming and needed service to those park visitors who visit us during the winter months.
The opening hours during the Christmas holidays are as following:

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Closing of hiking paths in Skaftafellsheiði 17.-18. November due to heavy wind

Extreme winds and gusts are expected in the south and south east today Thursday, 17. November until tomorrow, Friday, 18. November. Hiking path S3 around Skaftafellsheiði is closed due to the storm until Saturday. Path S6 is also not recommended during the storm.
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Ongoing constructions on the path to Svartifoss waterfall in Skaftafell

For the past couple of weeks constructions and maintenance work have been underway on the main path to Svartifoss. This photo was taken during the weekend when rangers and local farmers in Öræfi were working on the path. Further constructions will take place this week. 

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Construction on the path to Svartifoss in Skaftafell

Presently construction work is being done on the path to Svartifoss and will continue for the next several days (when weather permits). During construction hikers will have to choose different paths to Svartifoss and are asked to contact the Visitor Centre for further information if needed. Closed sections of the paths are marked and directions on how guests can go to Svartifoss.
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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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