Skaftafell National Park

Skaftafell National Park

 
The Skaftafell National Park covers an area of about 500 Sq km. The intense green of the scrub and birch tree clad hillsides contrasts vividly with the white brilliance of Öræfajökull Glacier above, the black outwash sands below and the blue of Atlantic beyond. Dark mountains and peaks and ice-clad summits, forming a soaring majestic backcloth to the wide water veined gravel plains below. Its luxuriant vegetation of low trees and wild flowers make it the startling contrasts of bleak, water veined sands and green-clad brush covered slopes rising up to the glaciated mountains. It is an outstandingly varied area, indescribably lovely and facinating place. The climate of Öræfi district is one of the mildest in Iceland as the district is close to the Gulf Stream and furthest away from the cold influence of the arctic. Walking and hiking paths lead to several panoramic, beautiful and impressive sites. One of the National Park´s prettiest sites is Svartifoss waterfall. The waterfall lies at the back of a long ravine, enclosed by steep cliffs, where it plunges over an escarpment og intricately formed, regular strands of columnar basalt. There is a multitude of other trails through the park.