Sólheimajökull

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Sólheimajökull in its valley with Mýrdalsjökull behind

Sólheimajökull is a glacier in southern Iceland, between the volcanoes Katla and Eyjafjallajökull. Part of the larger Mýrdalsjökull glacier, Sólheimajökull is a prominent and popular tourist location owing to its size and relative ease of access.[1]

Panorama of Sólheimajökull glacial tongue and the valley leading to it
Sólheimajökull glacier panorama

Geology[edit]

Sólheimajökull is an outlet glacier of the larger Mýrdalsjökull ice cap which lies atop the Katla caldera. It sits near the town of Vík í Mýrdal, a popular tourist location about 180km southeast of Reykjavik.[2] The glacier is melting rapidly owing to warmer annual temperatures due to climate change. It is possible that many of the country's glaciers will become extinct within the next century.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "This Glacier in Iceland is Awesome to Explore but it is Disapearing". Stuck in Iceland. 2013-04-29. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  2. ^ https://guidetoiceland.is/travel-iceland/drive/solheimajokull

Coordinates: 63°33′N 19°18′W / 63.550°N 19.300°W / 63.550; -19.300