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6.-18. August

Skaftafell - The relationship between humans and nature - VJP ranger programs

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Vatnajökull National Park offers daily educational walks with a ranger in Skaftafell from June 9th to August 18th. The theme of this walk is the relationship between humans and nature.

The close proximity with magnificent and diverse nature has lasting impact on the inhabitants of the area and their culture. In the past, Skaftafell was a large farm and a place of local assembly. During the early settlement period the farm was owned by the church and later by the state. The farmhouses originally stood on the flat lands by the hills roots and you can still see ruins east of Eystragil called Gömlutún or „old fields“. The river Skeiðará claimed many fields and pastures and buried them in sand and therefore the farm was moved 100 meters further up the hill between 1830-1850.

A park ranger will greet visitors outside Skaftafell Visitor Center everyday at 10:30 except on Wednesdays, when the walk is at 18:30.  The ranger stops and speaks about the history of the area, culture and the effect of nature on the aforementioned topics. The walk is relatively easy and takes about two hours. There is no admission fee and of course everyone is welcome.

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N64° 0' 59.427" W16° 57' 59.538"
Skaftafellsstofa / Skaftafell Visitor Center

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