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Vatnajokull National Park 785, Iceland
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Paid parking, via Web, Apps or simply with credit card in visitor centre. ISK 700 small car, ISK 1000 for 6-9 passenger vehicle. A well maintained park, many choices from self walking hikes of various difficulty, man with walking stick, all path colour coded from...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Wolv3rin3
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed this park. There are lots of walks to do and the Svartifoss waterfall is beautiful. There are glacier tours you can book onto (highly recommend). This visitor centre is very good. There is a cafe with lots of options including hot food, cold...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank eksh1992
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a week in the Ring road and Skaftafell NP was a good stop to stretch our legs on some short hikes. Most sites on the RR and just off the parking lot, while this has a few things to do away from the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank vj94
Reviewed 29 December 2018

This park is terrific. Yes, you pay for parking, but it's minimal. There are glaciers, glacier lagoons, waterfalls, and plenty of hiking within the boundaries of this park. This is actually part of Vatnajökull National Park, so if you see references to both that is...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank dr_j_now
Reviewed 20 December 2018

When you are visiting Skaftafell you feel you are on another planet. The view is breathtaking. Just stop and observe the beauty of the nature.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank vladfeier
Reviewed 8 December 2018

We took the 1 hour duck boat tour and it was great. We were able to see these giant icebergs up close. Even got to taste an iceberg. You can watch the icebergs move around and float out to the see. Dress warmly but enjoy...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Spiketon
Reviewed 26 November 2018

joined Icelandic Mountain Guides for doing 4hours Glacier Walk that is much easy than expected but still enjoyable the view the experience etc... tour guide is professional & supportive. staff also nice. worth to have such experience but that could join more advanced tour would...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank iamface
Reviewed 8 November 2018

So many amazing hiking trail, and the welcome center has amazing lunch!!! This is a must on everyone's list.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rachel M
Reviewed 1 November 2018

Svartifoss waterfall was this photographer's destination. and we were not disappointed. hiking over well-defined and constructed paths, our uphill efforts were rewarded with an overview of the waterfall and later, close-ups of the fall and its adjacent basalt columns. memorable!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank FredandPeggy K
Reviewed 16 October 2018

Take a hike to soaring waterfalls, valleys, and woodlands. Home to the Skaftafellsjokull and Svinafellsjokull glaciers. A great day trip on foot and in car brings you right up to raw nature. Take the time to visit the national park information center for a beginning...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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5 January 2019|
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Response from Heid25 | Reviewed this property |
Walks are doable with children. No need to hire a guide. Enjoy.
5 September 2018|
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Response from stepandwine | Reviewed this property |
about 3 hours
21 August 2018|
Response from stepandwine | Reviewed this property |
Hi there. Yes, you can get to both the National Park and to the glacier's edge. Upon entry (paid parking) you will find some very helpful maps, along with a tourism station. The park and falls are to the left and the... More