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Jokülsarlon - the glacier lagoon
the next day we head south ... we have time still to view the last corner of iceland we didnt see ....

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.

Jokülsarlon - the glacier lagoon
With a size of 8,100 km², it is the largest glacier in Europe the second largest in the world. The average thickness of the ice is 400 m, with a maximum thickness of 1,000 m.

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 growing.

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 !



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Jokülsarlon - the glacier lagoon
Jokülsarlon - the glacier lagoon
Jokülsarlon - the glacier lagoon
Jokülsarlon - the glacier lagoon
yep thats the main road!
yep thats the main road!
Jokülsarlon - the glacier lagoon
Jokülsarlon - the glacier lagoon
Jokülsarlon - the glacier lagoon
Jokülsarlon - the glacier lagoon
Jokülsarlon - the glacier lagoon
Jokülsarlon - the glacier lagoon
Jokülsarlon - the glacier lagoon
Jokülsarlon - the glacier lagoon
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Skaftafell National Park is situated between Kirkjubæjarklaustur, typically referred to as Klaustur, and Höfn in the south of Iceland. This was o… read entire review
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