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Skaftafell National Park

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Address: Skaftafell, Vatnajokull National Park 785, Iceland
Phone Number: +354 470 8300
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USD 140.40*
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5-Hour Glacier Hike in Skaftafell National Park
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Family-Friendly 3-Hour Glacier Hike in Skaftafell National Park
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Glacier Walk and Glacier Lagoon Boat Ride in Skaftafell

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A lovely walk to a beautiful lagoon

There's a great trail that leads from the visitor centre to the beautiful lagoon, just under 2 km's away, that, unless you have severe restrictions, should be accessible to most... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

There's a great trail that leads from the visitor centre to the beautiful lagoon, just under 2 km's away, that, unless you have severe restrictions, should be accessible to most people. You get a taste of the native vegetation along the way, and end up in an awesome place, with gorgeous chunks of the glacier floating in the water. The... More 

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Sunningdale, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The mountain ranges are fast with ice tops. Iceland landscape is so unique and beautiful. Definitely recommend going. Do look out for all the waterfalls

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good appointed hiking trails, beautiful scenery. Free toilets, parking place. On the camping sites are litttle stores or shops, restaurants/foodtrucks.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived by mid-morning and the large parking lot at the visitor center was already full. We managed to find a spot and took advantage of the clean washrooms before setting on for our trek. We actually ended up taking the car further into the park right before the closed gates, and found a spot on a gravel parking lot... More 

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Leola, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On our way to experience one of the largest glacier in Europe and within a half mile of the glacier our bus broke down. The choice was to stay with the bus or walk. I walked experiencing up close the topography seeing the reds and yellows of the low growing vegetation on pieces of many rocks. The glacier is immense... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Words cannot describe this wonder, you needs plan at least 2-3 days to see most of these wonders. Recommend to base in Vik or near Jokulsarlon for easy access.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We made the long route of 15km named skaftafellsheidi loop. We did the 'black' route to kristinartindar. This was a bit sketchy at this time of year, but very fun and beautiful. Hike itself is about 4h30, stops not included

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Veenendaal, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been hiking Skaftafell for a whole day and I can honestly say that it was worth every step. The views keep changing and the paths are pretty ok. The view of Skaftafelljokul is amazing.

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Oude-Tonge, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Not spectaculair to walk to but nice to see at a distance. There are many more glacier which are far more beautifull in Iceland.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

As glacier goes, we did not find the Skaftafell glacier particularly attractive. However, early autumn has splashed different shades of yellow, gold, orange, red and brown and what nots over the two sides of the walk to the glacier. The walk was level and sealed. If we were not in a hurry we could have spent hours here.

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