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Snæfellsstofa Visitor Centre, Skriðuklaustur

Vatnajökull National park is the largest national park in Europe. It was established on June 7th, 2008 and covers an area of around 14000 square kilometers which is little less than 14% of the surface of Iceland. The glacier covers about half of the Park, offering a unique interplay between fire and ice, volcanic activity, glacial and geological formations, and waterfalls. The Park contains many areas of historical interest and an extraordinary variety of landscapes which contain some of the nation´s greatest natural treasures. It occupies a very important place in the world of natural science, due to, among other things, the dynamic interaction between fire and ice, which is still very much at work today.

On the 24th of June 2010 a new visitor- and information centre, the Snæfellsstofa, was opened in Vatnajokull National Park. The visitor center is in a new, large and environmentally friendly building, situated at Skriðuklaustur. The house itself is the first of its kind in the country. It is designed and built according to environmentally sound standards (BREEAM) and utilizes building materials from the area.

In Snæfellsstofa you can find an exhibition about nature and life in the highlands, multimedia, and activities for children. Souvenir shop, coffee sale, and internet on site. Free admission.

Opening hours Week days: Saturdays: Sundays:
May: 10:00-17:00 10:00-17:00 10:00-17:00
June - August: 09:00-17:00 09:00-17:00 09:00-17:00
September: 10:00-17:00 10:00-17:00 10:00-17:00
October: 10:00-15:00 10:00-15:00 10:00-15:00

November-April: Open on request. Please contact by e-mail to


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Snæfellsstofa Visitor Centre, Skriðuklaustur


GPS Points N65° 2' 38.264" W14° 56' 52.273"

+354 470-0840



Opening period 01/05 - 30/09
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