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
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 danger for the passers by.
Guides have offered hiking trips up the glacier tounge
(3 hours), and equip the participiants with everything but warm
Entering ice caves, which sometimes are created at
the edge of the glacier tongue is hasardous, and those who attempt it
should be aware, that the ice is constantly moving and parts of the
ceiling collapse frequently!
(Saga trail South Iceland)