Tour to Skaftafell from Reykjavik
Step right up for this tour to the wild, untamed forests of Iceland, in Skaftafell National Park. You‘ll be picked up at your hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavik and whisked away through the South coast to Skaftafell national park.
Skaftafell is a true testament to the hardiness and determination of Iceland's ecology, Skaftafell was destroyed in volcanic eruptions of 1362; the manor located there was abandoned, and the area was renamed Öræfi ("Wasteland").
Over the years, the foliage slowly returned and became the stunning collection of mountains, glacial formations, waterfalls and lush, green life that you see today. Skaftafell was made part of the Vatnajökull National Park in 2008.
Within the borders of the nature preserve is the largest ice cap in Europe, on Vatnajökull, which is surrounded by glaciers on three sides. From there, you can see the volcano Laki and the tallest mountain in Iceland, Hvannadalshnjúkur, standing at 2,110 m high (6,922 ft).
You will have about four hours to explore Skaftafell as you like! The imposing waterfall Svartifoss is a sight to behold, flanked by distinctive black basalt cliffs. Easy-to-follow trails show the way to Hundafoss, another bubbly falls. You can also walk right up to Skaftafell glacier, and guided tours are available for those want to go even further, for a fee. Please note that such tours might need to be booked independently in advance.
From the top of the trails here, you can also see beauty in the distance as you look out over the Kristinartindar mountain and Morsardalur valley. The trails at Skaftafell offer options for all levels of difficulty and mobility, including a disabled path to have a closer look at a nearby glacial tongue.
Also on the grounds is a Visitors Centre for those who wish to learn more about the history of Skaftafell, a restaurant and a small shop whose wares include handicrafts.
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- Available: Jun. - Sep.
- Duration: 14 hours
- Activities: Sightseeing
- Difficulty: Easy
- Languages: English
Skaftafell is a nature preserve in Oraefasveit. It used to be a national park of its own but joined the larger Vatnajokull National Park in 2008.
Skaftafell is notable for its rich flora, growing between sands and glaciers, and overall for its amazing and contrasting scenery. You can take short and easy trails to the waterfalls Svartifoss and Hundafoss, as well as Skaftafell glacier, with the mountain Kristinartindar and Morsardalur valley further off. Skaftafell is also the perfect base camp for those seeking to climb Iceland’s highest peak, Hvannadalshnukur.
Skaftafell Visitor Center
At the Skaftafell Visitor Centre, local and foreign travellers will find answers to virtually any questions they might have about the greater Skaftafell area, its history and geology, along with information about nearby hiking trails, recreational options and accommodation.
Pickup time : 07:00
Pick-up (up to 30 minutes BEFORE departure)
Good to know:
07:30 Daily (15 May - 30 Sept) & Wed, Fri & Sat ( 1 -31 October)