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There Is a Reason They Call It Iceland! Part 1 - Vatnajokull Glacier, Iceland

Discussion in 'Landscapes, Architecture, and Cityscapes' started by bobhoge, Jun 25, 2007.

  1. In case you were wondering why they called it Iceland, here are some icescpaes of the Vatnajokull Glacier. This is the largest icecap/glacier by volume in Europe. It covers 3100 square miles (8100 sqkm) and has an average depth of 1250 feet (400 meters). In some places it is over 3100 feet thick (1000 meters). There are several active volcanoes UNDER :cool:  the ice, the last one erupted in 2004. There are even lakes under the ice :eek: .


    We drove up and up for about 20 minutes in a special Mercades 4-wheel drive bus on a very narrow, rough roadway that had steep dropoffs (and no guard rails :eek: ). The roadway went along the edge of the glacier:

    You could see the crevases and the medial moraine at the edges:

    When we got to the end of the road, we could choose to go on by snowmobile:

    or snow-cat:

    It was very foggy up there:

    And we stopped out in the middle of the glacier:

    Then we had to ride the bus back down, even scarier since you were looking down :eek: :eek: .

    More about the edge of the glacier in part 2
    Bob & Nan
  2. absolutely amazing!
  3. Very impressive.
  4. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    OMG you two are brave:>))))
    Bless you.

    Marvelous images and information......

  5. Snow, snow!!! Lots of snow. I love snow and cold weather. Greatshots.

    God Bless,
  6. Hey Bob -

    What an amazing place! Thanks for all these.

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