World Ranger Day is celebrated worldwide on July 31st to commemorate Rangers killed or injured in the line of duty and to celebrate the work Rangers do to protect the planet’s natural treasures and cultural heritage. World Ranger Day is an International Ranger Federation initiative promoted together with its official charity arm, The Thin Green Foundation.

Icelandic park rangers work across the island and mostly over the summer season. The rangers work to protect nature and to celebrate world ranger day they offer guests on interpetive hikes.

World Ranger Day schedule in Vatnajökull National Park 2019


at 12:30

An educational hike about the legendary outlaws of the Snæfell region. We will meet at the Snæfellsskáli hut at 12:30 and the hike begins at 13:00. Our destination is Þjófadali, a valley south of Snæfell. Estimated duration of the hike will be 4 hours with stops. Afterwards there will be a tea ceremony in the hut.
Looking forwards to seeing you!
Further information at Snæfellsstofa (470-0840) and from the rangers at Snæfell (842-4367)


at 13:30, 16:00 & 19:00

Melting glaciers or other topics kl: 13:30, meeting point in front of Skaftafell visitor centre.


at 12:00

Tuff, moss & man, from upper parking lot at Fjarðárgljúfur.


at 12:00

Beauty and catastrophe, the impact of Skaftáreldar, from Laki parking lot.


at 12:00

How to enlarge an island?  from Eldgjá parking lot.


at 10:00

History and wilderness, from Nýidalur huts.


at 13:00

A place of wonders and mystery, from Vikraborgir parking lot (20 min. drive from Drekagil).


at 10:00

Land in the making, Every day at 10:00 from parking lot (40 min. drive from Drekagil).


at 9:00

An oasis in the highlands, from Þorsteinsskáli.


at 20:00

For a long time, Krepputunga was one of the least accessible areas in Iceland, with the Vatnajökull glacier to the south and glacier rivers Kreppa and Jökulsá to the east and west. Rangers invite guests to join them for an evening walk in the desert landscape of the Krepputunga lava field, marked by glacial floods and sporadic fields of blond pumice. The walk starts by the road 7 km south from the bridge over Kreppa and takes around one hour.

For further information, please contact the ranger in Kreppunga: +354 8424234


at 10:00

The ranger in Kverkfjöll invites guests for a walk from Sigurðarskáli hut up Virkisfell mountain (2,1 km). Guests will learn about the geology of the area and the glacier's role in shaping the landscape, but also about recent scientific research in the national park. The walk starts at 10, takes one and a half hour and ends with a coffee in Sigurðarskáli hut.

For further information, please contact the ranger in Kverkfjöll +3548424369


at 13:00

A guided walk with the ranger in Hvannalindir from the southern parking at Kreppuhryggur towards Kreppuþröng, a narrow canyon formed by the glacial river Kreppa. Guests will learn about the nature of the area, and, in celebration of the World Ranger Day, about the education role of rangers in the national park. The walk takes two hours.
For further information, please contact the ranger in Hvannalindir: +354 8424368