This NP was established
on June 7th 2008. Its area is 12,000 square kilometres, almost
12% of Iceland's area, which makes it the largest NP in Europe.
The Icelandic government agreed to present a bill to realize the
establishment on November
10th, 2006. It comprises the NP Skaftafell, NP Jokulsargljufur,
almost all of glacier Vatnajokull, lava fields Hagonguhraun and
Veidivatnahraun, Vesturoraefi, Mt Snaefell, Eyjabakkar and a part of
Hraun to the north of the glacier. Most of the areas within the
NP area are the property of the state.
The NP management also includes some nature reserves, which are most
probably going to be merged in the future.
The Langisjor area is
expected to become a part of the NP.
Visitors' centres are in six places:
Lake Myvatn, at
Proposed centres for NP wardens are in the following
Drekagil in Askja,
Nyidalur/Jokuldalur, and in