Skaftafell

  • In South Iceland, you will find the unique Skaftafell National Park
    In South Iceland, you will find the unique Skaftafell National Park

In South Iceland, you will find the unique Skaftafell National Park. Its stunning beauty created throughout history by ferocious natural forces. If there is any one place in Iceland where you can see what being an island made of ice and fire means, it is the Skaftafell National Park – a part of the Vatnajökull National Park since 2008.  The Skaftafell area covers the glacier Skaftafellsjökull (a spur of the Vatnajökull ice cap), the mountain range Kristínartindar and the Morsárdalur valley. The Skaftafell geologic history is marked by eruptions and glacial floods bringing forth silt and sand to the mighty and dangerous Skeiðarársandur south of the National Park.

Strangely enough, Skaftafaell has a rather agreeable climate and more sunny days than elsewhere in South Iceland. There are a few great hiking trails leading from the Skaftafell Visitor's Centre. The most popular trail leads up the moor to the Svartifoss waterfall. The fall itself (20 m high) is nothing to write home about, but it is surrounded by black, basalt columns making this fall one of the most photographed in Iceland.