Skaftafell National Park,

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The second national park, Skaftafell, established in 1967, contains some of the most precious natural pearls of the country. The rugged landscapes, mountains and glaciers, the flora and the fauna have a magnetic influence on the visitors. There are no roads in the park, but a network of trails offers the opportunity for differently extended hikes.

The camping grounds are large but it is difficult to hammer the tent pegs into the gravel surface. Among the services rendered in the park are toilets, washing machines, a restaurant, a shop and a petrol station The park wardens offer regular guided walking tours and the Bus Company Austurleid hf., offers daily tours from the park to the volcanic Laki area as well as the daily schedule. A comprehensive brochure with maps and hiking trails is available   at the Visitors' Centre. The distance from the capital is about 340 km.

On June 7th 2008, the whole glacier and some of its surroundings, two existing Nationa Parks, and some nature reserves, were declared Europe's larges National Park, Vatnajokull.

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