Skaftafell Travel Blog› entry 20 of 27 › view all entries
We use the A1 south ..... well this is the main road and its quick ... but also interesting ... the road sometimes turns into a track almost!
we head south .. heading 450km to the small village of Skatafell and the base of the huge Vatnajokul glacier
Ling is not so well .. shes sleeping lots ... her stomach is not so good ... too much camping food .. eating at strange times and too much COFFEE!
I drive south ... enjoying the scenery.
We arrive late ... its raining ... misty ... not cold .....
We pitch the tent and cook some dinner.... after we go visit the vistors centre ....get some ideas for tomorrow.
Vatnajökull (Glacier of Rivers) is the largest glacier on Iceland.
It is located in the south-east of the island, covering more than 8% of the country.
Under the glacier, as under many of the glaciers of Iceland, there are several volcanoes!
The volcanoes cause considerable but short-time
eruptions like the one in the beginning of November 2004.
During the last ice age numerous volcanic eruptions occurred under Vatnajökull, These eruptions formed tuyas, such as Herðubreið which originally sat beneath Vatnajökull during the last ice age.
Vatnajökull has been shrinking for some years now, possibly because
of climatic changes and recent volcanic activity.
Until 1930 it was
The phenomenon of Jökulhlaup (the under ice build up of water) is at present time confined to Vatnajökul.
jökulhlaup (or glacier burst) is a subglacial outburst flood. These can be devastating (see the Nov 2004 one!)
We saw the remains of bridges and roads swept away by the water .... the size of the icebergs floating round in the flood is just beyond belief !