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Sólheimajökull Glacier

Sólheimajökull glacier is a part of the ice cap Mýrdalsjökull. The Sólheimajökull is about 13 kilometres long falling off the rim of the caldera of the volcano Katla, and 1 to 2 kilometres wide.

The glacier has been melting a lot for the past 20 years or so it is the perfect place to go to see the effect of global warming and climate change. Since 2007 a glacier lagoon has been forming in front of the glacier and now (2020) the lagoon is about 0,5 sq/km and growing bigger every year. The glacier had been retreating for about 55 meters every year and loosing about 10 to 20 meters of thickness as well. 

The surrounding of the glacier is beautifully formed by the glacier and the volcano Katla for the past thousands of years. 

The glacier ice is blue and beautiful during winter and is summer withe and sometimes covered with volcanic dirt. 

 

Directions from Eyvindarholt Hill House and Cabins:

The Sólheimajökull glacier is only about 43 kilometres from Eyvindarholt Hill House and Cabins. An easy drive along the main road towards the east until you turn left on to road Sólheimajökulsvegur, number 221. 

 

Waterfall Location: GPS: 63° 31.818' -19° 22.169'

Difficulty level: Easy

Walking distance (one way): 1,2 km

Estimated walking time (one way): 30 to 40 minute. Please be careful nearby the glacier. There can be quicksand and some rocks falling down from the mountain. Do not go onto the glacier without a glacier guide. 

 

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