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Vatnajökull National Park

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Known as “the land of fire and ice,” the Vatnajökull National Park is a vast volcanic region spread across nearly 3.5 million acres, covering 14% of Iceland’s territory. The park is located on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which separates the North American and Eurasion tectonic plates. This creates the conditions for its 10 central volcanoes, two of which are the most active in Iceland. At the park’s heart lies the Vatnajökull ice cap, a massive glacier covering roughly half of the park. The combination of volcanic and glacial activity has resulted in diverse landforms not found anywhere else in the world.

—Prepared by the World Tribune staff

February 2, 2024, World Tribune, p. 12

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