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
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.