Skaftafell National Park

The National Park at Skaftafell is a center of activity regarding glacier centered adventures. It is a kind of green belt between the vast sands of Skeiðarasandur and the vast ice plains of Europe’s largest Glacier – Vatnjökull.


Skaftafell glacier lagoon hiking Iceland photo locations

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We make a stop here on the Jökulsarlon Tour. Further exploring may be possible as part of a Long Tour or a Flexible tour!!

Skaftafell National park, Iceland

Skaftafell National park, Iceland

 

The visitor’s center hosts a large campsite and is a meeting point for glacial tours. There is a cafe and souvenir shop. A comprehensive network of hiking trails culminate at the visitors center.

Vatnjökull National park, Iceland

Vatnjökull National park, Iceland

 

Camping

Camping is inexpensive and the season is between May and August. At Skaftafell there is a very thin layer of grass on the camp-site so don’t expect your tent pegs to slip into the ground, you will need a mallet and plenty of replacement pegs. Often times the camp-site is quite, but they can host huge groups for organisational events. There are facilities such as toilets and showers. In my experience, the showers have always been cold. Save yourself a bit of money and take a couple of big bottles filled via the hot tap outside and use these to have a nice warm shower.

Nearby is Svinafell which also hosts a campsite although much smaller, it is slightly more comfortable and less expensive.

 

Hiking

From Skaftafell there leads a network of hiking trails. Some short ones lead up the hill to some beautiful waterfalls and extend further to viewpoints where the views across the glacier are incredible.


Skaftafell hiking photo locations
Hike up to Svartifoss waterfall.

Skaftafell photographic view point

Skaftafell photographic view point

 

From the visitor’s center there are organised hiking tours that involve the glacier. Tours range from a simple walk on the glacier to a day-long hike up Hvanndalshnjúkur (Iceland’s tallest mountain). Other hiking trails include the long hikes to Mörsárdalur and surrounding areas.

Morsajökull glacier lagoon hiking Iceland photo locations

Morsajökull glacier lagoon hiking Iceland photo locations

 

Photo tours that visit Skaftafell

Four day Geysirs & Glaciers

This four day Photo Tour of the Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir, South coast, Jökulsárlón and Höfn offer a huge range of photo opportunities.

Five day Beautiful South

This photo tour combines the Golden Circle, Snæfellsnes Peninsular , South coast & Jökulsarlon photo tours to give a complete South Iceland experience.

6 day Diamonds & Dragons

This multi-day tour will take you around the best of South & West Iceland in six days. Touring from North West to South East with many top photo locations.

Seven day Full Circle

Iceland has a rich variety of landscapes and seascapes and this tour is designed to enhance that variety & capture Iceland’s full diversity.

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