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Effective Visitor Trail in the Vatnajökull National Park: number post and closed side path

Visitor trails in the Vatnajökull National Park are good examples how tourists can effectively guided and educated, and without putting many or bigger (expensive) information boards into the landscape: You take a simple leaflet at the beginning of the trail, where different sites with given numbers are described. You read the information of each site, when you reach the little number post in the field. At the end of the trip you can recycle the leaflet back into the waterproof box. - Vatnajökull National Park, established in 2008, encompasses not only all of Vatnajökull glacier but also extensive surrounding areas. These include the national parks previously existing at Skaftafell in the south and Jökulsárgljúfur in the north, so that today's national park covers 14% of Iceland (about 13.920 km2 as of June 2014) and ranks amongst Europe's largest. In general, national parks are protected areas which are considered unique because of their nature or cultural heritage. The unique qualities of Vatnajökull National Park are primarily its great variety of landscape features, created by the combined forces of rivers, glacial ice, and volcanic and geothermal activity. The establishment of the Vatnajökull National Park is related to a major national environmental movement in the 1990s to protect the Icelandic Highlands as one of Europe's largest wilderness areas against physical fragmentations such as dams, power lines and roads. There are today increasing discussions, whether the present protection area of the national park need to be extended over the entire highlands in order to cope with these continuous threats.

Year: 2014

From album: Vatnajökull Nationalpark and the protection of the Icelandic Highlands

Photographer: Peter Prokosch

Tags: Iceland

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