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Skaftafell National Park, Iceland

Skaftafell National Park is an oasis wedged between sand and glacier. Its unique natural beauty is a result of favourable weather conditions and the interplay of fire and ice.

Beneath the Vatnajökull ice cap the hot energy of one of the world's most extensive geothermal sites clashes with the cold power of Europe's largest glacier.

The history of fire and ice in the region and the way in which the powerful forces of nature have struggled to form the National Park is told in the Skaftafellsstofa Visitor Centre along with the story of the culture which has thrived in the shadow of the glacier and the lives of people surviving in an area ruled by fire and flood.