Skaftafell Park

Skaftafell Park

Skaftafell National Park

The National Park at Skaftafell is a center of activity regarding glacier centered adventures. It is a kind of green belt between the vast sands of Skeiðarasandur and the vast ice plains of Europe’s largest Glacier – Vatnjökull.

We make a stop here on the Jökulsarlon Tour. Further exploring may be possible as part of a Multi-day photo tour or a Photo Workshop!!

The visitor’s center hosts a large campsite and is a meeting point for glacial tours. There is a cafe and souvenir shop. A comprehensive network of hiking trails culminate at the visitors center.


Camping Advice

Camping is inexpensive and the season is between May and August. At Skaftafell there is a very thin layer of grass on the camp-site so don’t expect your tent pegs to slip into the ground, you will need a mallet and plenty of replacement pegs. Often times the camp-site is quite, but they can host huge groups for organisational events. There are facilities such as toilets and showers. In my experience, the showers have always been cold. Save yourself a bit of money and take a couple of big bottles filled via the hot tap outside and use these to have a nice warm shower.

Nearby is Svinafell which also hosts a campsite although much smaller, it is slightly more comfortable and less expensive.

Morsárdalur

Hiking

From Skaftafell there leads a network of hiking trails. Some short ones lead up the hill to some beautiful waterfalls and extend further to viewpoints where the views across the glacier are incredible.


From the visitor’s center there are organised hiking tours that involve the glacier. Tours range from a simple walk on the glacier to a day-long hike up Hvanndalshnjúkur (Iceland’s tallest mountain). Other hiking trails include the long hikes to Mörsárdalur and surrounding areas.

Skafta Pano

Svartifoss waterfall

Svartifoss Detail

Svartifoss waterfall is easy to find on a clearly marked hiking route. The route can very dangerous if it is icy. Please check hiking conditions to Svartifoss at the Skaftafell visitor’s centre before attempting to hike. The hiking conditions are written on a chalk board outside the Skaftafell visitor’s centre so you don’t even have to go in to check.

Photo tours that visit Skaftafell

6 day Diamonds & Dragons

6 day Diamonds & Dragons

This multi-day tour will take you around the best of South & West Iceland in six days. Touring from North West to South East with many top photo locations.
Prices from $7,536USD

Seven day Full Circle

Seven day Full Circle

Iceland has a rich variety of landscapes and seascapes and this tour is designed to enhance that variety & capture Iceland’s full diversity in a week long tour around the country.
Prices from $8,847 USD

Winter photo workshops with Tony Prower

Winter photo workshops with Tony Prower


5 full photography days
  • South Coast & Vatnjökull region
  • Ice and Aurora photography
  • Regular dates from Oct – March
  • SiXPaXMaX
  • Prices from: $1850 USD
  • Single room supplement: $240 USD
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