Drone restrictions

General use of UAVs (drones) is not permitted within Vatnajökull National Park. The reasons are: Protection of wildlife within the park; Visitor safety; and the park's objective of quality experience for its visitors. This is in accordance with regulation about Vatnajökull National Park (300/2020).

Permits

ATH: Umsækjendur með íslenska kennitölu skulu nota þjónustugátt Vatnajökulsþjóðgarðs. /

ATT: Applicants with an Icelandic ID number must apply through Vatnajökull National Park's service portal.


UAV (drone) permit application for use within Vatnajökull National Park

General use of UAVs (drones) is not permitted within Vatnajökull National Park. The reasons are: Protection of wildlife within the park; Visitor safety; and the park's objective of quality experience for its visitors. This is in accordance with regulation about Vatnajökull National Park (300/2020).

Park managers can permit the use of drones when guaranteed that such use will not contravene with any of the three reasons stated above. Separate permits are issued if the use is a part of scientific research or professional projects (contact leyfi@vjp.is for further information).

This application form is for all UAV use that is neither a part of a scientific research or a professional film project. Applications must be submitted with at minimum 14 days notice. Vatnajökull National Park can not guarantee that the application will be processed if it arrives later.

Please notice: Vatnajökull National Park does not issue drone permit for the following areas within the park (except for research or commercial filming, see application forms below) 

  • - Skaftafell (Skaftafellsheiði, Svartifoss, Morsárdalur, Kjós, Skaftafellsfjöll etc.) –  The only exception is in front of Skaftafellsjökull.
  • - Svínafellsjökull - While the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management advises against travel on or near Svínafellsjökull, Vatnajökull National Park can not issue drone or filming permits for that area. Further information here.
  • - Jökulsárlón - between 15th of April and 20th of July – because of bird protection during the nesting period of the Arctic tern.
  • - Jökulsárgljúfur (Ásbyrgi, Vesturdalur, Hljóðaklettar, Dettifoss) – because of bird protection, for safety reasons and to ensure the quality experience of visitors. 
  • - Askja - to ensure the quality experience of visitors.

Note must be taken that police and ICE-SAR personnel are exempt from seeking permit when the drone use is part of law enforcement or search & rescue operations. The drone use of the previously stated personnel however has to be reported to the park authorities.

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Commercial film permit

Film-making, the making of advertisements and other such activities:

All film-making, the making of advertisements and other such activities inside the Vatnajökull National Park are subject to permits granted by the relevant National Park Warden, Regulations No. 300/2020 on the Vatnajökull National Park.

Those who are interested in film-making, the making of advertisements or other such activities in the National Park have to fill out an application form for a permit and send it to the National Park Warden of that region where the anticipated activities will take place. If the intention is to conduct such activities in more than one region, then applications must be made to the national park wardens of the relevant regions.

Permits must be applied for with at least 30 days notice.

Work procedures and application forms concerning the making of films, advertisements and other such activities:

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Research of nature and the natural environment and of cultural remains:

All research of nature and the natural environment and of cultural remains in the Vatnajökull National Park that are not conducted by the National Park authorities or are not part of the implementation of a preservation project are subject to a research permit issued by the relevant National Park Warden, Regulations 300/2020 on the Vatnajökull National Park.

Those who intend to do research inside the National Park also need to apply for the appropriate research permits from other relevant entities, such as permits for sample collection, pursuant to Act No. 60/1992, from the Icelandic Institute of Natural History and Natural History Museum Branches.

Those who are interested in conducting research in the National Park pursuant to Article 1 have to fill out an application form for a permit and send it to the Park Warden of the region where the anticipated activities will take place. If the intention is to conduct research in more than one region, then applications must be made out to the park wardens of the relevant regions.

Applications must be submitted with at least 30 days notice.

An application form for a permit is attached to these regulations.

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