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Skaftafell National Park

Autmn mood in Skaftafell National Park, Iceland. Mountain Hafrafell and Iceland's highest peak - Hvanndalshnjukur mirror in a small pond. (Christopher Lund/©2010 Christopher Lund)

Skaftafell National Park was founded on September 15, 1967, and enlarged twice afterwards. Today, the park measures about 4807 km2 (2884 mi²), making it Iceland’s second largest national park. The landscape is very similar to some of the Alps, but it has been formed in thousands of years by different influences of fire (volcanic eruptions of Öræfajökull) and water (the glaciers Skeiðarájökull and Skaftafellsjökull), the rivers Skeiðará, Morsá und Skaftafellsá. Skaftafell is renowned in Iceland for its agreeable climate and the sunny days in summer, uncommon in the south of Iceland. There is a natural birch wood, Bæjarstaðarskógur, as well as many species of birds and arctic foxes. The park has an information centre and a campground. There are many hiking trails crossing the area.

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