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Vatnajökull National Park

Vatnajökull National Park is one of the three national parks in Iceland. Vatnajökull National Park is the second largest national park in Europe after merging two national parks in 2008: Jökulsárgljúfur National Park and Skaftafell National Park. Jökulsárgljúfur is the northernmost part of Vatnajökull National Park, situated in the northern part of Iceland. Skaftafell is situated in the southeastern part of Iceland. The two national parks have separate boundaries but are connected by the glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum, the river is fed by the meltwater of the ice and snow from the Vatnajökull, the largest glacier of Iceland. The Vatnajökull glacier is situated in Skaftafell National Park. The Dettifoss is one of the waterfalls in the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum, the Dettifoss is the most powerful waterfall in Europe. The Dettifoss is situated in Jökulsárgljúfur National Park. Vatnajökull National Park - dynamic nature of fire and ice - gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 2019.

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Vatnajökull National Park - Vatnajökull National Park - dynamic nature of fire and ice: Jökulsárlón is the largest glacial lake on Iceland....

Vatnajökull National Park - dynamic nature of fire and ice: Jökulsárlón is the largest glacial lake on Iceland. The glacial water of Jökulsárlón is dotted with icebergs that break away from the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, the primary inflow of Jökulsárlón. The icebergs range in size and colours, the nature is the sculptor of these stunning icebergs.

  1. Vatnajökull National Park - Vatnajökull National Park - dynamic nature of fire and ice: Jökulsárlón is the largest glacial lake on Iceland....

    Vatnajökull National Park - dynamic nature of fire and ice: Jökulsárlón is the largest glacial lake on Iceland. The glacial water of Jökulsárlón is dotted with icebergs that break away from the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, the primary inflow of Jökulsárlón. The icebergs range in size and colours, the nature is the sculptor of these stunning icebergs.

  2. Vatnajökull National Park - Vatnajökull National Park - dynamic nature of fire and ice: The evening sky at twilight reflected in the glacial lake...

    Vatnajökull National Park - dynamic nature of fire and ice: The evening sky at twilight reflected in the glacial lake Breiðarlón. In the background the Breiðamerkurjökull, one of the largest glacier tongues of the Vatnajökull glacier. From the glacial lake Breiðarlón a small river flows into the Fjallsárlón glacial lake. The glacial lake Breiðarlón is situated at the south end of the Vatnajökull.

  3. Vatnajökull National Park - Vatnajökull National Park - dynamic nature of fire and ice: The Hvannadalshnúkur is a peak on the rim of the summit of the...

    Vatnajökull National Park - dynamic nature of fire and ice: The Hvannadalshnúkur is a peak on the rim of the summit of the Öræfajökull vulcano. The Hvannadalshnúkur is the highest peak in Iceland, the mountain is 2,109.6 metres high, it van can be viewed from many parts of Iceland. The climb to the top takes 12 to 15 hours and is only safe with experienced mountain guides.

  4. Vatnajökull National Park - Vatnajökull National Park - dynamic nature of fire and ice: The Fjallsjökull glacier and Fjallsárlón glacial...

    Vatnajökull National Park - dynamic nature of fire and ice: The Fjallsjökull glacier and Fjallsárlón glacial lake, the water of the lake is dotted with icebergs from the glacier. The Fjallsjökull is one of the many glacier tongues of the Vatnajökull glacier. The Fjallsárlón is a much smaller glacial lake than the more famous Jökulsárlón glacial lake. 

  5. Vatnajökull National Park - Vatnajökull National Park - dynamic nature of fire and ice: The Skaftafellsjökull, a glacier tongue of the Vatnajökull, the...

    Vatnajökull National Park - dynamic nature of fire and ice: The Skaftafellsjökull, a glacier tongue of the Vatnajökull, the largest glacier of Iceland. The average thickness of the ice cap of the Vatnajökull is about 500 metres, the thickest part is almost a whole kilometre. The Vatnajökull glacier has around thirty glaciers tongues. The glaciers tongues often ends in a glacier lake. 

  6. Vatnajökull National Park - The glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum flowing through the magnificent Jökulsárgljúfur canyon. The...

    The glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum flowing through the magnificent Jökulsárgljúfur canyon. The Jökulsárgljúfur canyon is situated in Jökulsárgljúfur National Park, the northernmost part of Vatnajökull National Park. The two national parks have separate boundaries but are connected by the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum. The river originates from the melt water of the Vatnajökull glacier.

  7. Vatnajökull National Park - The Dettifoss is situated in Jökulsárgljúfur National Park, part of Vatnajökull National Park. The Dettifoss is a...

    The Dettifoss is situated in Jökulsárgljúfur National Park, part of Vatnajökull National Park. The Dettifoss is a waterfall in the Jökulsá á Fjöllum, a river flowing through the largest and most impressive canyon on Iceland, the Jökulsárgljúfur. The canyon is also known for its waterfalls: The Hafragilsfoss, Réttarfoss, Sellfoss and Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe.

  8. Vatnajökull National Park - Vatnajökull National Park - dynamic nature of fire and ice: The Hvannadalshnúkur Mountain and the Öræfajökull on...

    Vatnajökull National Park - dynamic nature of fire and ice: The Hvannadalshnúkur Mountain and the Öræfajökull on the Vatnajökull Glacier. The Öræfajökull is an ice-covered volcano, the largest active volcano and probably the most violent volcano on Iceland. The Hvannadalshnúkur is the most well known peak of the Öræfajökull, the mountain is covered in ice throughout the year.

  9. Vatnajökull National Park - Vatnajökull National Park - dynamic nature of fire and ice: The Breiðamerkurjökull glacier tongue and Breiðarlón...

    Vatnajökull National Park - dynamic nature of fire and ice: The Breiðamerkurjökull glacier tongue and Breiðarlón glacial lake. The Breiðamerkurjökull is a glacier tongue of the Vatnajökull Glacier. The Breiðamerkurjökull is constantly melting and retreating. Large blocks of ice break off the edge of the glacier, fall  into the water and float from the glacier lake towards the ocean.