Skaftafell National Park
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JFLeBlanc
Moncton, Canada3,390 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
Very nice park that has a lot to offer to its visitors. Very nice parking lot.. the visitors complex also have a coffee place.
Written September 30, 2022
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LucInIceland
Biarritz, France13 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
This did not disappoint! I had heard great things about this place and it did not disappoint! The scenery is beautiful and it was worth all the 6 hours we spent there. Just sitting down to admire the nature was very relaxing and the waterfall which I don't remember the name of was simple but breathing. Add this to your list
Written September 15, 2022
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BLT1991
Toano, VA724 contributions
Aug 2022
There is pay parking (the Parka app can be used here). There are toilets and a mediocre gift shop. Unlike the friendly and informative folks at Thingvellir’s Visitor’s Center, the gentleman at this one was curt and unhelpful…perhaps he was having a bad day. There are a variety of hikes. The easiest will take you about 1.5 hours. It’s flat, wide and has a good surface. It will bring you to the tongue of the glacier.
Written September 7, 2022
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QualityTime4us
Leicester, UK378 contributions
Jul 2022
Day 4 of our Ring Road Road Trip and bright and sunny. Stopped at the visitor centre to register parking and get advice. Whilst only one machine working at the carpark there were more in visitor centre and easier to use. The staff suggested the 30 minute walk to the glacier face and lagoon which being in our 70s was ideal. Nice level walk with lots to see and experience followed by coffee and chocolate croissants in the sunshine on the terrace. Perfect moment.
Written July 20, 2022
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Tim A
74 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
I had never seen a glacier up close so this was impressive. A lot of attractions in Iceland are right off the road, so it was nice to get to hike for a while to see the waterfall and glacier.

You have to pay for parking
Written July 10, 2022
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CAR51
Waldorf, MD28 contributions
Jun 2022
OK, you US folks, Iceland does not have the National Park system we do, it is very much toned down. We actually missed the sign for it while driving the Ring road as it was so poorly marked. The Visitors center and film was nothing to get excited about. We hiked the pavement to the foot of the glacier. You had an option to hike down where the water was flowing from the toe. You have a limited view of the glacier . and I expect you would see more if you hiked up on the glacier with a guide.
Written June 18, 2022
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Owen Thesaints
Kent642 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
We pulled off the ring road and drove a couple of kilometres along the paved road to the parking lot. On reaching the pay station we discovered that the machines were not working so it was free to park today. Our starting destination was the visitors centre at Skaftafell National Park. I asked about the terrain and the gradient off our planned hike - S6. Initially, the route took us through a large open campground. It soon reached a wide trail, with rubber matting and cinder making the climb fairly easy going. After a while we came to the first waterfall, called Hundafoss. We went on up the trail to see the second falls, called Magnusarfoss. Our third and most spectacular was Svartifoss although the descent to its splash pool was something of a scramble. After taking plenty of pictures, we sat and had our refreshments perched on a convenient rock at the back of the viewing platform. Several more intrepid visitors clambered over rocks in the fast flowing river to get an unimpeded view of the falls. We had to return by the same route before we turned off to head towards Sjónarnípa. This walk was classified as challenging. In fact we found it rather easier going compared with going down to have a close look at Svartifoss. Our route took us gently uphill along a narrow trail with only occasional issues with boulders in the path and puddles. Quite often, it appeared that we were walking through drainage channels or dried steam beds. We came across another falls in the distance - it was here that we had our picnic lunch - fortunately it had stopped raining by this time. We crested the top of the hill, the terrain sometimes rather uneven with volcanic rubble. At the turning point of the trail, we were able to get a close look at the Skaftafell glacier at the viewing point called Sjónarnípa. The glacier was wide and at its end there was a small lake with fragments of the glacier floating in its murky water. Having spent some time there we walked on along the trail. At points the going became very rough. There were boardwalks and wooden steps periodically on the return leg to the visitor centre. A number of these had broken or missing planks. We took our time on the trail - clearly a popular route even though the day was dull and sometimes wet.
Written June 15, 2022
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bskramer
The Villages, FL344 contributions
May 2022
My daughter and I visited Skaftafell Glacier as part of a tour on our way to the Vatnajökull National Park. At the Skaftafell Visitor Center, we had the option to either take a 35-minute walk to Skaftafell Glacier or take a shorter trail to the top of his for views of both Skaftafell and Skeiðarárjökull Glaciers.  We opted to walk to Skaftafell Glacier with the hope of getting close to the glacier.  This proved to be a good choice.  The walk was flat and went quickly.  It took about 40 minutes because we stopped to take many photographs.  On the day we visited, it was possible to walk right up to the glacier.  This would have taken about an additional 20 minutes.  We walked halfway but unfortunately did not have enough time to get up close and touch the glacier.  The views and photographs were terrific.  After a few minutes, we had to turn around and head back to our bus.  We stopped to use the restrooms at the Visitor Center and arrived about 5 minutes past our allotted time.  A few other visitors were straggling in at the same time.  Like most glacial walks, the distances look closer than they are.  If you have the opportunity and time. definitely take the walk to Skaftafell Glacier.
Written May 27, 2022
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Victor K
Hong Kong, China463 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
There are so many glaciers in this area and this National Park visitor centre maintained a few trails leading to a couple of them. We parked in the carpark without markings and the parking in some areas is not very orderly. There were three pay machines but two did not work. The toilets are not very well maintained too with some of the cubical doors missing. So my 5 stars go to the wide and relatively flat walking trail leading us to the Skaftafell glacier. 30 minutes one way. Due to a river between, visitors cannot physically reach the glacier wall. Viewing of it is already spectacular.
Written May 21, 2022
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AndreaGambadoro
London, UK445 contributions
Feb 2022 • Solo
I managed to go only towards the glacier. The walk from the visitor center is about 30 minutes. Once there there is a quite good view on the lagoon and the glacier. I would suggest to go here only if you have enough time. If you’re tight on time I’d suggest to head straight to Joculsarlon as you can park straight by the lagoon and found it more impressive (even though also much much more busy!).
Written February 24, 2022
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