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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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Trail S3 in Skaftafell is open

The S3 trail in Skaftafell was re-opened yesterday. There is still some snow in the upper part of the trail, and plenty of snow on trail S4 that leads up to Kristínartindar.

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Revised opening hours for Skaftafell Visitor Centre

This summer, Skaftafell Visitor Centre will be open from 9-19. Reception for the campground will be located on the campground itself, starting early June. Staff will be present between 7:30 and 24:00.


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Hiking trails in Skaftafell temporarily closed

Park rangers have decided to temporarily close most hiking trails on the Skaftafellsheiði heath in Skaftafell, because the whole area is very wet after the snowmelt in recent weeks.  The paths to Svartifoss and Skaftafellsjökull are open.

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Restricted area in Holuhraun cut down

The Police District Commissioners in North Eastern, Eastern, Southern Iceland, and the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police have decided to change the restricted area in Holuhraun with reference to the Civil Protection law no. 82/2008 article 23.
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