Skaftafell National Park is an oasis located between a sandy desert and Vatnajökul glacier. The Park was instituted in 1967, consists of approximately 500 square kilometers and is home to some of Iceland's most beautiful attractions, mountains, glaciers, waterfalls and flora and fauna unique to the area.
The Park has easy access and lays along Highway 1, about 330 km south-east of Reykjavik. The park has a large visitor's center, restaurant, Caravan Park and all the necessary services for camping. During summertime, the place is bustling with visitors due its proximity to the Vatnajökull glacier and fantastic variety of on-site trips that cater for all types of travelers and travelers with private cars.
A trip to the foot of the glacier: a short, two hour walking trail to the foot of Vatnajökull glacier, with a path that leads back to the Svartifoss – "Black Falls" . The waterfall is one of the Park's main attractions, and the black pillars of basalt constitute an impressive waterfall background.
The hexagonal basalt found in the waterfall was the inspiration for the design of the Reykjavik National Theatre. From Svartifoss Waterfall you can choose to either return to base or continue towards Sjonarsker observation point that overlooks Sandur a sandy desert of silt created by erosion of the melting glacier.
One of this trip' highlights is an observation point that overlooks the Skaftafellsjökull glacier. Whilst walking back through the Park, you will be amazed to find a path surrounded by lush vegetation which is a unique phenomenon and very unusual for Iceland.