Hiking Trails in Skaftafell

 Hiking in Skaftafell

There are no roads in the Skaftafell area, except to the farm; marked paths lead from the car park by the campsite. Visitors are free to explore the park as they please, but are expected to follow marked paths where there are any. Information plaques are next to the paths about the vegetation, and a paved hiking trail leads up to Skaftafellsjökull glacier, allowing for easy access for disabled people. Park wardens now provide interesting guided tours, advertised in the service centre, Skaftafellsstofa. The centre also houses an interesting of hikes are the gully route to Svartifoss waterfall, which takes 2 hours, and to the rock Sjónarsker or to the rim of Skaftafellsjökull glacier. Worthwhile places to head for on longer hikes (4-8 hours) include Kristínartindar, the source of Skeiðará river, or the Bæjarstaðarskógur forest.

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