What to do and see in Vatnajokull National Park, East Region: The Best Things to do

May 22, 2022 Oliva Fomby

The largest national park in Europe, Vatnajokull combines thick blue ice caves, black sand beaches, waterfalls, and even lush green fields to create an otherworldly landscape that begs to be explored. Ásbyrgi, a canyon known for its distinct horseshoe shape, is a must for those hoping to discover local woodland. Whether climbing Iceland’s highest peak, Hvannadalshnúkur, or hiking to the Detifoss waterfall, the country’s scenic terrain and breathtaking geological formations can’t be missed.

1. Vatnajokull Glacier

Vatnajokull National Park Iceland +354 894 1317 http://glacieradventure.is
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5.0 based on 291 reviews

Vatnajokull Glacier

Reviewed By szapa11 - Barcelona, Spain

Walked through the Falljökull glacier (Vatnajokull) guided by Melrakki Adventures, what a nice experience! You must take a guide to go there, otherwise it's too dangerous. We got the chance to see a nice blue ice cave too. With Oddur the experience was great! Very recommendable!

2. Hrutfjallstindar

Vatnajokull National Park Iceland
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5.0 based on 3 reviews

Hrutfjallstindar

3. Skaftafell National Park

Vatnajokull National Park 785 Iceland +354 470 8300 [email protected] http://www.vatnajokulsthjodgardur.is
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4.5 based on 1,128 reviews

Skaftafell National Park

Reviewed By Tissa010 - Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Beautiful area to do some hiking and see the big glaciers of Vatnajökull. You can choose your own route and difficulty, but if you're able you should definitely go up route 55 or 56 to the edge of the glacier.

4. Svartifoss Waterfall

Skaftafell, Vatnajokull National Park Iceland +354 470 8300 http://www.vatnajokulsthjodgardur.is/english/operation/visitor-centre/skaftafellsstofa
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4.5 based on 742 reviews

Svartifoss Waterfall

Reviewed By _eli_9009 - Düsseldorf, Germany

We parked at the other parking, not the main one, and walked the small trail (marked as red - difficult) up the hill. It is not really difficult, only compared to the other way from the main parking marked as blue, it is more wild (& more fun) :) In total it took us 2h walking up, staying and the waterfall taking fotos and coming back down. Be careful as some part of the trail might be covered by ice in winter (very slippery).

5. Svinafell Glacier

Skaftafell, Vatnajokull National Park Iceland
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4.5 based on 107 reviews

Svinafell Glacier

Reviewed By Travel_Addict_Cyprus - Michigan, United States

Svínafellsjökull is one of many outlet glaciers (glacier tongues) of Vatnajökull, and part of the Skaftafell Nature Reserve. A great place to get very close to a glacier tongue. After visiting Skaftafellsjökull we drove here. Drove up the short gravel road and walked to the Svinafellsjökull glacier. We kept hiking to the left, over the rocky trail, for amazing views of the glacier. Then walked on the "mound" to the right, in the amazing field of lupines. Great photo ops. I personally loved Svinafellsjökull and it was really amazing to see the glacier from such proximity (unlike Skaftafellsjökull). We stayed here for a couple of hours, just sitting around and enjoying the views. From here we drove to Fjallsárlón, and then to Jökulsárlón and Diamond Beach, before we headed back to Reykjavik. What a great day exploring Vatnajokull National Park and its amazing sights!

6. Hvannadalshnukur

64_00_57_N 16_40_29_WCoordinates: 64_00_57_N 16_40_29_W, Vatnajokull National Park Iceland
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

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7. Flaajokull Glacier

Marked gravel road between Smyrlabjorg and Hoffell, Skaftafell, Vatnajokull National Park Iceland +354 578 2550 http://intotheglacier.is
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4.5 based on 35 reviews

Flaajokull Glacier

8. Hafragilsfoss

Vatnajökull National Park, Vatnajokull National Park Iceland http://www.world-of-waterfalls.com/iceland-hafragilsfoss.html
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

Hafragilsfoss

9. Skaftafellsjokull

Skaftafell, Vatnajokull National Park 785 Iceland +354 470 8300 http://www.vatnajokulsthjodgardur.is
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Skaftafellsjokull

Reviewed By LouRod17 - Philadelphia, United States

The glacier is a nice hike away from the visitor center, I’m guessing a bit over a mile each way. The hike is worth doing as you get to enjoy the scenic views surrounding you. Once there, you can walk around the large open area. There looks to be the beginnings of a lagoon with a small stream of glacier water pouring into it. You can get close to the glacier and some folks were climbing up the sides of the glacier. Fantastic experience. There is parking and a cafeteria at the visitor center.

10. Stokksnes

Vatnajokull National Park 780 Iceland +354 470 8080 [email protected]
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Stokksnes

Reviewed By Margo7850p

Such a magical place, surrounded by black sand beaches. This place is absolute bliss. You can see here a light house, an abandoned Viking town . Need to pay a little entree fee, but totally worth it. Really nice staff. Great for photography lovers.

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