In the 136km (85 miles) stretch from Skaftafell to Höfn, Vatnajökull is often visually blocked by mountains and clouds. Much of this area is considered part of the region known as Öræfi (Wasteland). This name was earned after a 1362 eruption under the neighboring Öræfajökull glacier, which explosively splattered ash, dust, and rock over a wide radius. The region's most famous attraction by far is Jökulsárlón, a fantastical lake full of icebergs calved from the glacier. Ingólfshöfði, a bird sanctuary on the cape, and glacier tours from Jöklasel earn some attention as well.
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