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UNESCO Embraces Vatnajökull: Iceland’s National Park Now A UNESCO World Heritage Site; A Rawlings; Reykjavik Grapevine
Iceland’s Vatnajökull National Park Is Named a World Heritage Site!
Your favourite national park is now a recognised World Heritage site, UNESCO has announced, giving Vatnajökull an even higher standing.