Solheimajokull Glacier, Iceland by Fiona Quarterman

Solheimajokull Glacier, Iceland

From the tiny walkers barely visible, to the man deep in thought, the sheer size and scale of the area creates a sense of place as this part of history dissolves before us. A unique an inspirational place with thousands of years of history. The glacier snout Solheimajokull is the southwestern outlet of the Myrdalsjokull icecap.  It is about 8 km long and 1-2 km wide.  River Jokulsa discharges it, and is sometimes called “The Stinking River” because of its emission of sulphuric acid from sub-glacial high temperature areas.

The glacier advanced about 900 metres during the last few centuries, but retreated greatly from 1930 to 1964.  In the nineties it advanced and almost managed to cover the Jokulhaus hill.  Lagoons developed in the side valleys and one of them often emptied quite suddenly.  The floods lasted a few days and created many dangers.