This park was established in 1973. Its area
covers 150 km² and a 35 km long stretch along the western side of the
glacial river Jokulsa. The northernmost part, Asbyrgi, was incorporated in
1978. The river canyons are about 25 km long and resemble the Grand
Canyons in Arizona.
On June 7th 2008, the 12,000 square kilometres National
Park Vatnajokull was established, the largest one in Europe, and this NP
became a part of it.
There are several
places of exceptional natural beauty in the park,
such as the
The Whispering Cliffs,
Forvod and the mighty
waterfall. Only one kilometre to the south of
Dettifoss is the 10 m. high
and 2 km. to the north is the 27 m high
Hafragilsfoss. The park is ideal for short or long
hikes. There is no better way to enjoy its charm fully. The park wardens
sell brochures with detailed information and maps.
National Park's Visitors Centre, called "Gljufrastofa", is situated in
Asbyrgi. It is open during summer Tel.: 470 7100
ICELANDIC NATIONAL PARKS