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Created 3-Oct-18
Modified 18-Feb-24
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Vatnajökull National Park, established in 2008 by combining Jokulsargljufur and Skaftafell National Parks, is enormous (14% of Iceland's total land area) and diverse (with a plethora of natural highlights). The Park is dominated by Vatnajokull Glacier (and its over 25 outlet glaciers), Iceland’s deepest lake (Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, see Gallery), the smaller Fjalsarlon Glacier Lagoon (see Gallery), active volcanoes (Bardarbunga and Oraefajokull) beneath its ice, multiple glacial rivers (Jokulsa a Fjollum, Skjalfandafljot, Thjorsa), stunning canyons (Jokulsargljufur, see Gallery), impressive waterfalls (Dettifoss, Selfoss and Hafragilsfoss, see Galleries), and black sand beaches (Reynisfjara and Diamond, see Galleries).

Skeidarajokull Glacier is one of Vatnajokull's outlet tongues. Its viewpoint is next to the Skeidara Bridge Monument (a remnant of the longest bridge on the Ring Road) which was destroyed in 1996 by a volcanic eruption under Vatnajokull. The Svinafellsjokull Glacier is another outlet tongue with excellent views making it popular for hiking, movies and visits.

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Keywords:beaches, glacier lagoons, glaciers, mountains, rivers, shorelines, volcanoes