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Svartifoss in Skaftafell National Park

Svartifoss in Skaftafell National Park

Mike Tossy ©2005

Skaftafell National Park is just off the ring road (Route 1) between Vik and Hofn.  There are lots of trails and it is home to Skaftafellsjokull glacier.  A good trail and an hour hiking takes you to Svartifoss waterfall. It is one days hike to go to Morsajokull glacier, to Skeidarajokull glacier or to Kristinartindur.

In a two day glacier hike, the highest mountain of Iceland, Hvannadalshnukur, can be reached.

The visitor centre (open in June thorugh September) has interesting displays including video of the 1996 glacial burst floods (caused by a volcanic eruption under the glaciers) of Skeidararsandur which wipped out roads and bridges in the area.

There is a camp ground near the visitors centre. Food and maps can be bought there.


June 10, 2005 new by soquelmike (1 point)

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