Vatnajökull National Park
Vatnajökull National Park,was established in 2008, encompasses not only all of Vatnajökull glacier but also extensive surrounding areas. These include the national parks previously existing at Skaftafell in the southwest and Jökulsárgljúfur in the north, so that today’s national park covers 13% of Iceland and ranks as Europe’s largest. In general, parks are protected areas which are considered unique because of their nature or cultural heritage. The unique qualities of Vatnajökull National Park are primarily its great variety of landscape features, created by the combined forces of rivers, glacial ice, and volcanic and geothermal activity.
Skálafell is one of very few private properties in the Vatnajökull National Park, with 1/3 of the Skálafell area being part of the Vatnajökull National Park. Guesthouse Skálafell is also an information office co-working with Vatnajökull National Park.