Skaftafell (What To See - South East)

Skaftafell (What To See - South East)
Skaftafell is a natural wonder and a must-visit place for anyone passing by the area. Skaftafell National Park holds some of Iceland’s most precious natural gems in its 500 square kilometres. Skaftafell is nestled at the roots of the mighty Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest glacier in Europe, which offers a tranquil environment shielded from winds. The area is very lush and green in the summer, and you won't have to look far for rugged, raw surroundings. Skaftafell contains numerous breathtaking hiking trails including a walk to the elegant Svartifoss Waterfall, it translates to English as Black Falls, which is one of the parks most inspiring treasures. The scenery has a lot of stark contrasts, a white glacier, black sands, green natural birch forests and due to the mild climate of the area, many beautiful flowering plants are to be found here. One of Iceland´s largest forest, Bćjarstađaskógur is found in the National Park. Skaftafell has a Visitor's Center open year round, a café, a golf course, a swimming pool, and a good camping ground. Hotels and guesthouses are also to be found in the vicinity. Vatnajökull National Park was founded in the summer of 2008 and at the same time, the Skaftafelll National Park became a part of it. From 1967, Skaftafell has been protected and today Skaftafell is without doubt one of the most popular place in Iceland to visit by locals and tourists. Skaftafell can usually be reached by ordinary cars all year round and regular bus connections are also available between Reykjavík and Skaftafell.A little less than 60 kilometers east of Skaftafell is Jökulsárlón, the Glacier Lagoon, which is one of the most popular attraction in Iceland, both with locals as well as for tourists. The lagoon that has formed at the foot of Breiđamerkurjökull Glacier is filled with icebergs, large and small that have broken off the edge of Breiđamerkurjökull which is an outlet glacier and is advancing and moving from the main icecap of Vatnajökull Glacier down to lower ground. Boat tours are available on the lagoon in summer, to sail among the beautiful icebergs. On a narrow strip of land between the lagoon and the coast is a bridge on the main circular highway across the outlet of the lagoon. The black beach, south of Jökulsárlón is sometimes called the Diamond Beach, due to small icebergs that are to be seen stranded on the black sand and often remind of diamonds.

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