100 Places You Need to Visit: Skaftafell, Iceland

Posted on October 8, 2012


More places you need to visit!  MarketMAPS takes a look at an area of the world that sends shivers down our spine: Iceland

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Don’t be fooled by its name.  The rumors about Iceland’s icy terrain have been greatly exaggerated.  It is a geologically and geographically unique country, making it the setting for a great number of one-of-a-kind natural sights.  Skaftafell is just one of those sights.

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Skaftafell National Park

Skaftafell was established as a National Park back in the 1960’s.  It is located between Höfn, and Kirkjubæjarklaustur (try saying that 3 times fast).  It is Iceland’s second largest national park and one of the only national parks in the world to have its own glacier.  The landscape in the park is very similar to that of the Alps, but the valleys and mountains of this park were formed by thousands of years of volcanic activity and river flows.

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Glaciers and Ice Caves

The glacier at Skaftafell makes the national park an ever-changing environment.  The rivers running from it have flowed back and forth over the lowlands, depositing the material that forms the wide sands of Skeiðarársandur.  The glacier-topped peak of Hvannadalshnjúkur mountain is something that has to be seen to be believed.  The ice caves in this park are like no other caves in the world.

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Travel to Iceland

Want to see the Aurora Borealis and engage in the Christmas festivities for which Iceland is famous?  Travel during mid winter.  For the best weather and the most attractions to see, visit during April and May.

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If you’re thinking of traveling to Skaftafell, contact MarketMAPS.  We publish the broadest selection of maps, including maps of Iceland, Europe, and the world.  We offer map books and digital maps to help you plan your trips, as well as wall maps to display in your home or office.

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