Bordered by Öræfajökull to the east and Skeiðarárjökull to the west, Skaftafell National Park covers 1700 square kilometres of barren lowland sandurs, highland slopes brimming with wildflowers, sharp mountain ridges and, of course, glaciers. The two major sights here are Svartifoss waterfall and the icy tongue of Skaftafellsjökull, and the park is also one of Iceland’s premier hiking venues, featuring paths that offer anything from an hour’s stroll to a demanding full-day trek. Aim first for the Visitor Centre, just north off the Ringroad on Route 998, to get advice and maps.

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