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Our Welcome Centre in Skaftafell is located in the heart of the camping site, right next to the service centre.
Skaftafell Hut in the Vatnajökull national park
Best time to visit
All year round
Distance from Reykjavík
327 km (203 mi)
64.01631123854544, -16.96799862977963

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        Skaftafell welcomes visitors with its bustling atmosphere, offering a cozy campsite, delightful restaurant, and ample parking. Here, you can gather information, pick up memorable souvenirs, and explore interactive exhibitions, all amidst the convenience of modern facilities.

        The Skaftafell Base Camp, nestled by the visitor centre, is a charming wooden hut run by the Icelandic Mountain Guides. Here, adventure awaits as you can book exhilarating activities like glacier hikes, ice climbing, and so much more. Dive into the heart of Icelandic exploration with us!

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        Reaching Skaftafell Base Camp

        The Skaftafell Base Camp is located by the campsite, close to the visitor centre. It's approximately a 5-hour drive from Reykjavík, 2.5 hours from Vík, and 1.5 - 2 hours from Höfn​.

        Skaftafell Nature Reserve is located by the end of road no. 998 that branches off the main road no. 1 or Ring Road under the mighty Vatnajökull glacier.

        As for landmarks, the Skeiðará Bridge monument is a notable landmark you might see on your way to the base camp. It's the remnants of a bridge that was destroyed by a glacial flood caused by a volcanic eruption under the Vatnajökull glacier in 1996. This monument is visible from the main ring road near Skeiðarársandur​.

        Any type of vehicle can make the journey to Skaftafell, as the park is easily accessible even by a 2WD car. It's just off the Ring Road, and from Vik, you'd stay on Road 1 for 140 kilometres, then turn left onto Road 998, which will take you to a large parking lot​.

        Interior view of a cozy wooden hut

        Finding the Base Camp Hut

        Once you reach the first intersection on the path from the parking lot, you'll see the information centre on your right. This is also where the restrooms are located.

        The information centre is useful for visitors, providing details about the park, the local flora and fauna, and safety guidelines. Additionally, there's a cafeteria next to the information centre where you can grab a quick bite or a warm drink.

        On your left, you'll find the camping place, where you can set up your tent if you're planning to stay overnight. The campground is well-maintained and has good facilities, making it a comfortable place to camp.

        The Skaftafell Base Camp, the starting point for many of the park's guided tours, is located within the camping place. It's the first building you'll see on the left side, easily identifiable by its dark wood colour and sign reading "Icelandic Mountain Guides, Skaftafell Base Camp".

        Group of hikers ascending a vivid blue glacier.

        Exploring Skaftafell

        Skaftafell, nestled within the vast expanse of Vatnajökull National Park, has long been a cherished jewel of Iceland. Known for its comparatively mild weather and contrasting landscapes, it is an area of exceptional natural beauty that draws visitors from around the globe.

        Upon reaching Skaftafell, visitors are met with a sweeping panorama of diverse terrains. Glaciers, mountains, and verdant plains stretch out as far as the eye can see, offering a breathtaking array of natural features.

        These varied landscapes provide the backdrop for an extensive network of hiking trails catering to all fitness and experience levels. From leisurely walks through the lowlands to more strenuous climbs to higher altitudes, there's a path for every type of outdoor enthusiast in Skaftafell.

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