At Vatnajökull National Park, there is a cohesive group of employees with diverse experience, who carry out a variety of tasks related to nature conservation and service to the visitors of the national park.
The National Park normally employs over 30 people, but during the summer the number of employees exceeds 100. The National Park currently operates four visitor centers. They are: Gljúfrastofa in Ásbyrgi, Snæfellsstofa in Skriðuklaustur, Skaftafellsstofa in Skaftafell and Skaftárstofa in Kirkjubæjarklaustur, which is run in housing and in cooperation with Skaftárhrepp, until a new one is built.
During the summer, the activities of the national park extend widely throughout the park, but in the winter, when the highlands are closed, it is limited to fewer places. The map here shows the national park's ranger stations and offices. Ranger stations are marked with orange boxes. The National Park legal domicile is in Höfn. Various support services are provided from offices in Garðabær, Höfn, Fellabær and Akureyri. The power behind the National Park lies not only in the unique nature, but also in the energetic and happy staff.
Ranger stations are the work places of rangers and also centers for information and education in the form of walking tours or other media depending on the situation.
Ranger stations are located where they are guaranteed to serve their purpose and reach visitors passing through the area. From there, rangers carry out daily patrols within the National Park and in the protected areas under its care. Ranger stations can be operated in collaboration with several parties, and where possible, attempts are made to use both housing options and other services that are already available.
The role of rangers and other staff may have different priorities between ranger stations. The same applies to the facilities of the employees at each location.