UNESCO World Heritage
UNESCO World Heritage Site

Vatnajökull National Park

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First visited by us on October 19, 2020
TL;DR: Vatnajökull National Park is the largest in Europe. Inside is the largest glacier in Europe. Continents, volcanoes, cold air and ice all meet here. The separation of two continents, the resulting volcanic activity and the sliding glacier all still shape the land of the park. This diverse landscape is now known as "The Land of Fire and Ice". It is home to countless natural wonders. During the past, 2.8 million years something unique on earth has been created in Iceland.

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Vatnajökull National Park

UNESCO World Heritage Site

Welcome to our collected information about the UNESCO World Heritage Site officially known as “Vatnajökull National Park – Dynamic Nature of Fire and Ice”! If you travel here and ask about it, the site is in Icelandic known as Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður. We call it Vatnajökull National Park or just Vatnajökull.
[ 'vahtnaˌjœˑkʏtl̥ ]

The Land of Fire and Ice

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Where is Vatnajökull

So far we have made three fantastic trips to this beautiful and diverse continent. The adventures have been to some very different places. Our first was to the North West, to Morocco. The next was to the island country, Cape Verde. Our latest adventure was truly an adventure, we spent about two weeks in Tanzania.
Europe
Iceland
Southern Region

How small big large HUGE v-a-s-t is it

1482000
1 Hectare is 0.01 km² and 0.004 mi²

14,820.0

1 km² is 100 Hectare and 0.386 mi²

5,722.0

1 mi² is 259 Hectare and 2.589 km²

Why is Vatnajökull
a World Heritage Site

Vatnajökull National Park and all of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites are amazing per definition. The term UNESCO uses is that they are of “Outstanding Universal Value“. All the 1121 sites on the list have been carefully qualified and selected among the many suggested each year. In fact, the list of nominated sites is currently 1734 sites long. We, the humankind, have though the United Nations together decided that we really should make an extra effort in saving, protecting and taking care of these wonderful sites. This because of their value to us, both now and perhaps even more for future generations. When qualifying to be included into this exclusive list there are 10 different categories that you can qualify in. You can qualify in more than one, most sites do. Vatnajökull National Park qualified in 1 of them. It was selected to be included because of:

World Heritage Type

Cultural

Natural

Mixed

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Vatnajökull National Park is outstanding in showing important stages of the earth’s history. In fact, here you can with your own eyes see the creation of new land. As a result, it’s brim-filled with unique areas and ridiculously spectacular features.

Here continents, volcanoes, cold air and ice all meet. During the past, 2.8 million years they have on Iceland created something unique on earth. Vatnajökull National Park is in fact still being built and reshaped. The separation of the two continents, the resulting volcanic activity and the sliding glacier all shape the land of the park.

UNESCO's  1 Why

Natural Reason #8
The coexistence and continuous interplay of an active oceanic rift on land, abnormally hot rock within the Earth''s mantle, the atmosphere, and an ice cap that over the past 2.8 million years have changed both in size and extent makes the Vatnajökull World Heritage Site unique on Earth.
Highlight Major Stage of Earth’s History

World Heritage Protection Status

Protected

Endangered

Lost

Timeline for the Vatnajökull World Heritage Site

2008

Established

Vatnajökull was established.
2019-07-10

Tentative

Iceland nominated Vatnajökull National Park to become a World Heritage Site.

2019-07-10

Inscribed

The application from Iceland was approved and Vatnajökull National Park – Dynamic Nature of Fire and Ice officially became a World Heritage Site.

2020-10-19

Visited by us!

Landmark event, obviously! Our first visit to the Vatnajökull National Park – Dynamic Nature of Fire and Ice World Heritage Site. This was our 123 site visited out of the 134  we have travelled to so far.

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Icebergs inside the glacial lagoon Jökulsárlón at the head of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier in the Vatnajökull National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site, Iceland.
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