Sólheimajökull, a vanishing glacier in Iceland. Oct 10, 2010
Sólheimajökull glacier is a sad story, the glacier has retreated and thinned rapidly in just 2 decades. As our icelandic glacier guide told me, given a time, the place where the glacier once stood will become a glacial lake if all the large volume of ice melted.
sólheimajökull is only a glacial tongue of the much larger mýrdalsjökull glacier. The glacier can be seen from the ring road of iceland and the most accesible glacier to walk/hike from all the glaciers in iceland because of its proximity to the road and almost sea level altitude.
the glacier - although small is very interesting as it has many types of ice in it - black, blue and white ice. You dont have to walk very far to see the different types of ice and as an added bonus - some ashes of the eyjafjallajökull volcano are scattered around it, making it more bizaare in appearance.
many tour companies offer excursions to the glacier - from 35 euros up for a 2 hour walk and ice/glacier orientation including ice climbing gears.
Part of the an expedition through ICELAND: the land of fire & ice. travel blog
Part of the list ICELAND: a quick guide.
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