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Vatnajokull National Park Tours

Established in 2008 by combining Iceland’s former Jokulsargljufur and Skaftafell National Parks, Vatnajokull National Park is one of Europe’s largest national parks. It presents incredibly diverse and dramatic scenery including glacial plateaus, active volcanoes, towering ice caps, black-sand beaches, and terrain that is bubbling with geothermal activity. The park is dominated by the Vatnajokull glacier, Europe’s third-largest glacier, and contains Iceland’s highest mountain (Oraefajokull) and deepest lake (Jokulsarlon).

The Basics
The park’s southern territory of Skaftafell is the gateway to the most accessible area of the Vatnajokull glacier and one of the park’s most popular regions for outdoor activities. Visit the Skaftafell Visitor Center for information about attractions, hiking trails, and accommodations. Book an ice cave tour inside the Vatnajokull glacier or a hike on the Falljokull glacier, or book a longer day tour from Reykjavik that might also include visiting the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Dress in layers, bring waterproof boots, and be prepared for the weather to change unexpectedly.
  • A park entrance fee is charged on a per-vehicle basis.
  • Hiking trails are marked according to level of difficulty and indicate which are appropriate for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility.

How to Get to There
To reach Vatnajokull National Park’s Skaftafell Visitor Center, you can either drive from Reykjavik (about four hours) or take a bus or organized tour. The town of Hofn is another park gateway, accessible from Reykjavik by regular flights or by bus.

When to Get There
The best time to visit Vatnajokull National Park is in summer when days are longest, trail conditions are best for hiking, and boat tours around the Jokulsarlon lagoon are possible. While crowds are sparse in the winter, daylight hours can be as few as four in mid-December and many sights may be inaccessible.

Highlights of Vatnajokull National Park
Vatnajokull National Park is enormous, so you may choose to focus on a few highlights. Svartifoss (Black Falls), named for the black lava columns surrounding the falls, is a short hike from Skaftafell in south Iceland. On the edge of the park in southeast Iceland, Jokulsarlon was formed when the Breidamerkurjokull glacier began to recede—now it is the deepest lake in the country. In the northeast, glacial rivers flowing from the Vatnajokull glacier formed the mighty Dettifoss waterfall, which stands 330 feet (100 meters) wide and drops 144 feet (44 meters).

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Day Trip to the Glacier Lagoon: Jökulsárlón from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, null
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Day Trip to the Glacier Lagoon: Jökulsárlón from Reykjavik

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Experience a day full of glaciers, icebergs, and waterfalls at Iceland's jewel. This guided day tour takes you along the south coast of Iceland with views of ...  Read more

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4-Hour Small-Group Skálafellsjökull Glacier Super Jeep Tour, East Iceland, Day Trips
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4-Hour Small-Group Skálafellsjökull Glacier Super Jeep Tour

This 4-hour small-group tour will take you beyond the limits of the road F985 and offers breathtaking views of the biggest glacier in Europe, ...  Read more

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Duration: 3.5 to 4 hrs

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Small Group South Coast, Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach Adventure from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, 4WD, ... 
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Small Group South Coast, Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach Adventure from Reykjavik

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This tour is your chance to go on a unique adventure along the stunning South Coast of Iceland. From Reykjavik, visit Vatnajokull National Park home to the ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 16 hours (approx.)

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Two-Hour Small-Group in Natural Ice Cave Tour of Vatnajökull Glacier, Skaftafell, Day Trips
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Two-Hour Small-Group in Natural Ice Cave Tour of Vatnajökull Glacier

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Depart from the Glacier Lagoon-Jökulsárlón cafeteria on a 2-hour adventure inside the glacier Vatnajökull. While your driver manages the ...  Read more

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Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Ice Cave Adventure from Hali, East Iceland, Ski & Snow
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Ice Cave Adventure from Hali

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In this ice cave tour you will experience a unique ice cave in the wonders of Vatnajökull glacier, Europe's largest ice cap. The tour is intended for ...  Read more

Location: Höfn, Iceland
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Ice Cave Tour of Europe's Largest Glacier, East Iceland, Hiking & Camping
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Ice Cave Tour of Europe's Largest Glacier

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Experience a spectacular ice cave and get a dazzling view of the beautiful blue formations inside of Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. This 2.5- ...  Read more

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75-Minute Ultimate Sightseeing Flight from Skaftafell: Landmannalaugar, Vatnajökull Glacier and ... 
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75-Minute Ultimate Sightseeing Flight from Skaftafell: Landmannalaugar, Vatnajökull Glacier and Grímsvötn Eruption Site

This is the ultimate sightseeing flight from Skaftafell, taking you over Landmannalaugar, Vatnajökull glacier, Grímsvötn eruption site, ... 

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Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)

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45-Minute Vatnajökull Volcanic Eruption Sites Sightseeing Flight from Skaftafell, Skaftafell, Air ... 
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45-Minute Vatnajökull Volcanic Eruption Sites Sightseeing Flight from Skaftafell

Fly over Vatnajökull and see the Grímsvötn eruption site from above on this 45-minute tour from Skaftafell. Grímsvötn is a basaltic ...  Read more

Location: Skaftafell, Iceland
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Small Group Ice Caving Tour Inside Vatnajokull Glacier, Skaftafell, Air Tours
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Small Group Ice Caving Tour Inside Vatnajokull Glacier

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Experience this exciting hiking and ice caving adventure of the Vatnajökull Glacier in Skaftafell National Park! As you arrive at the park, you will meet ...  Read more

Location: Skaftafell, Iceland
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hrs

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Guided Glacier Lagoon Tour, Reykjavik, Adrenaline & Extreme
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Guided Glacier Lagoon Tour

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Discover the piercing blue chunks of ice floating in the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon on this all-day tour . During a minibus tour, enjoy the ...  Read more

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