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Discover the picturesque wilderness of Skaftafell in the Öraefi county along the southeastern coast of Iceland. It lies on the popular Ring Road that fringes the island. A year-round destination with campgrounds and diverse natural attractions, Skaftafell is the showstopper of the expansive Vatnajökull National Park. The superb visitor center houses an exhibition that documents the region’s volcanoes and glaciers, and its impact on local settlements. Skaftafell’s wilderness is Iceland’s favorite paradise and playground for adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts. Lush meadows adorned with wildflowers dot the black soil landscapes. Rugged volcanic mountains and mighty glaciers frame braided rivers and pretty waterfalls. Svartifoss, an iconic waterfall surrounded by black basalt columns, is nestled within this nature reserve. Summers uncover a fantastic network of well-marked hiking trails. Winters offer spectacular opportunities for ice cave explorations and glacial lagoon excursions. Skaftafell also serves as an ideal base to summit Hvannadalshnjúkur Iceland‘s highest mountain peak.

Highlights

  • Adventure & Outdoors
  • Svartifoss Waterfalls
  • Vatnajökull National Park
  • Hvannadalshnjúkur Peak

Places to Stay

Enchanting Travels Iceland Tours Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon
Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon

Style: Boutique

Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon is ideally located between Skaftafell and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, two of the island’s most spectacular natural attractions. Close to popular hiking trails, this boutique-style hotel promises a comfortable stay.

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Enchanting Travels Iceland Tours Hotel Skaftafell (Hof)
Hotel Skaftafell

Style: Boutique

Hotel Skaftafell sits in the wilderness close to Skaftafell National Park and Hvannadalshnjúkur, the nation’s highest peak. This family-run property offers boutique accommodation within easy reach of hiking trails and glaciers.

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