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Ásbyrgi Visitor Centre, Ásbyrgi

Gljúfrastofa is the Visitor and Information Centre for the Northern Territory of Vatnajökull National Park. The visitor centre also houses a souvenir shop. The interesting exhibition on geology and the nature of Jökulsárgljúfur canyon and its environs graphically informs guests about plate boundaries, volcanism, biospheres and habitats, the power of glacial floods, the formation of Ásbyrgi canyon, and the interaction of humans with the might of nature. Considered by many to be the country's best exhibition on Icelandic nature, it interactively allows the visitor to feel, smell and try out the assorted objects.

The Visitor Centre is a perfect starting point for those who plan to visit Jökulsárgljúfur and its surroundings. Interesting natural attractions within Jökulsárgjúfur are Ásbyrgi, Hljóðaklettar, Hólmatungur and Dettifoss.

Opening hours - Gljúfrastofa Week days: Saturdays: Sundays:
May 1st-31st: 10:00-16:00 10:00-16:00 10:00-16:00
June 1st-19th: 09:00-19:00 10:00-16:00 10:00-16:00
June 20th - August 14th: 09:00-21:00 09:00-21:00 09:00-21:00
August 15th-31st: 09:00-19:00 09:00-19:00 09:00-19:00
September 1st-30th: 10:00-16:00 10:00-16:00 10:00-16:00

Ásbyrgi Visitor Centre, Ásbyrgi

Gljúfrastofa - Ásbyrgi National Park

GPS Points N66° 1' 42.457" W16° 29' 15.551"
Telephone

+354 470-7100

Website www.vjp.is
Opening period 15/05 - 30/09
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