Skaftafell National Park, in south-eastern Iceland, originally covered just 500 square kilometers. Today, the park at Skaftafell covers over three times that much land. The park features glaciers, volcanic fissures, and is therefore a popular destination for those interested in witnessing the power of nature first hand. Visitors will find a wealth of information on the interplay of fire and ice throughout the region at the Skaftafellsstofa Visitor Centre. There are a number of trails for hikers to explore, as well as two working farms that are open to tourists.
Natural features of interest in the Skaftafell National Park include the Svartifoss waterfall, the Vatnajökul glacial cap, arctic foxes, butterflies in the summer months and a wide variety of bird species. There is a variety of breathtaking scenery, thanks to the contrasting landscape and expansion of the park. Visitors are allowed to camp in designated areas for a nominal fee.
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