Tour 1 – Day 5

Glacier day.

Skaftafell (pronounce  skaft a felk)

skaftafell – Skaftafell National Park then became a part of Europe’s largest national park, Vatnajökull National Park, which was established June 7, 2008 and covers over 12.000 km². That accounts for 12% of Iceland’s surface, and makes it the biggest national park in Europe. Vatnajökull is Europe’s biggest glacier and the 3rd biggest in the world. To begin with, the national park will cover the whole of Skaftafell National Park and the Jökulsárgljúfur National Park, in addition to almost whole of Vatnajökull and the surrounding area.

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Skaftafell is a rare oasis for flora, surrounded by sands and lakes. Öræfajökull (pronounce your a fay jok kult)(a part of Vatnajökull) provides excellent cover in Skaftafell, which makes it renowned for its good weather. The tallest peak in Iceland is Hvannadalshnjúkur (2.110 m) which is in Öræfajökull.

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JOKULSARLON – (glacial river lagoon) Situated at the head of the Breiðamerkurjökull (pronounce bray the merk u jok kult) glacier, it developed into a lake after the glacier started receding from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The lake has grown since then at varying rates because of melting of the glaciers. It is now 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) away from the ocean’s edge and covers an area of about 18 km2 (6.9 sq mi). It recently became the deepest lake in Iceland, at over 248 metres (814 ft), It appears as “a ghostly procession of luminous blue icebergs. Jökulsárlón has been a setting for several movies: A View to a KillDie Another DayLara Croft: Tomb Raider.

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