|Elevation||1,259 m (4,131 ft)|
|Age of rock||Pleistocene|
|Last eruption||March 1477|
Torfajökull (Icelandic for "Torfi's glacier") is a rhyolitic stratovolcano and complex of subglacial volcanoes, located north of Mýrdalsjökull and south of Þórisvatn Lake, Iceland. Torfajökull last erupted in 1477 and consists of the largest area of silicic extrusive rocks in Iceland.
According to legend, the glacier is named for Torfi Jónsson í Klofa, an Icelandic historical figure. When the plague arrived in Iceland in 1493, Torfi fled with his family and his belongings into the highlands and settled in a valley surrounded by the glacier.
According to another legend, the glacier is named for Torfi, a farm worker at a nearby farm. Torfi eloped with the farmers daughter and fled to the glacier.
- "Torfajökull". Global Volcanism Program, Smithsonian Institution. http://www.volcano.si.edu/world/volcano.cfm?vnum=1702-05%3D.
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