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Difficult conditions on Hvannadalshnjúkur

Due to relatively warm temperatures in early summer, Hvannadalshnjúkur in Öræfajökull has become hard to climb.

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The hiking trail to Kristínartindar re-opened

The hiking trail to Kristínartindar in Skaftafell was re-opened today. It has been closed for the past few weeks due to snow and thawing conditions, but is now mostly clear.

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Geothermal heatingproject at the campground in Skaftafell

Currently, a geothermal heating project is taking place at the campground in Skaftafell. The aim of the project is bring geothermal water to the service buildings on the campground, making it no longer necessary to heat the buildings and the showers with electricity.

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Skaftafell Visitor Centre closed on Easter Sunday

Skaftafell Visitor Centre will be closed Easter Sunday, 20 April 2014. Any other day in April it will be open as usual from 10am to 17pm.

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Hiking trail to Kristínartindar closed

he 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.
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Another return for Eckerd College students

For the third year running Vatnajökull National Park has received a group of students from Eckerd College in Florida, USA. In total, it is the fourth time a group from Eckerd College arrives in Iceland, but their visit is a part of a volunteer program that Eckerd students participate in as a part of their studies.

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A webcam installed in Skaftafell

A webcam was recently installed in Skaftafell. It is located in the office building next to the visitor centre and has an overview towards east, overlooking the area in front of Skaftafell glacier and the mountains beyond, including the volcano Öræfajökull and its peak, Hvannadalshnjúkur.

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Warning: Glacial outburst flood in Skaftá river

Within the past 24 hours, the level of the Skaftá river at Sveinstindur has risen. Additionally electrical conductivity readings from the same location have increased. These observations signify that a glacial outburst flood (jökulhlaup) is in progress.

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Opening hours during the festive period

Please click the link below for more information about opening hours of visitor centres and information offices during the festive period.

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VatnajökullNational Park participates in VAKINN

Last May, three of the park‘s visitor centres, Ásbyrgi, Snæfellsstofa and Skaftafell, passed VAKINN‘s quality assessment along with the information centre in Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

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