Skaftafell - General Information
Skaftafell is located in the eastern part of the south coast, precisely 326 km east of Reykjavik or about a 4 hour drive. Skaftafell used to be a national park on its own but in 2008 it became a part of the larger Vatnajökull National Park. The area is preserved and contains some beautiful landscapes. The landscape is similar to some of the Alps but is more varied since it has formed over thousands of years by fire, glacier and water. In Vatnajökull National Park lies the vast glacier, Vatnajökull. Underneath the glacier are some volcanoes and when they erupt they cause glacial floods, the last large one happening in 1996. Skaftafell is definitely an ideal destination for those who enjoy outdoor activities in beautiful surroundings. That is because of the scenic landscapes, favorable weather conditions and a wide selection of hiking trails. Short and easy trails lead to the waterfall Svartifoss and the glacier Skaftafellsjökull, which is a part of The bigger glacier Vatnajökull. For those who want to go further, the valley Morsárdalur and Kristínartindar mountain peaks are perfect in terms of distance and labour. Skaftfell is also the base camp for those who seek to climb Iceland‘s highest mountain peak, Hvannadalshnjúkur. Skaftafell has a great & large campground which has service from May 1st to September 30th. The area has really mild weather with an average temperature that is higher than in most of Iceland. The mild weather and beautiful landscape makes the destination a perfect stop on your trip to Iceland.