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Icebergs Approach Iceland

Two icebergs, one of which is significant in size, drifting towards land, were spotted by the crew of a trawler around 5 am this morning approximately 40 nautical miles north of Skagi peninsula, between Húnaflói and Skagafjörður.

iceberg_ruvThe iceberg off Hornstrandir. From ruv.is.

The icebergs were drifting at a speed of about one nautical mile per hour, according to the trawler’s crew, visir.is reports.

The smaller one is 40-50 meters (130-165 ft.) in diameter but the larger as much as 300 meters (985 ft.) in diameter, stretching ten meters out of the ocean surface. If only one tenth of an iceberg is visible, it might reach one hundred meters into the ocean.

While the icebergs are currently drifting towards land, currents might change their course. They are clearly visible by radars and ships are therefore not at risk.

The crew of the trawler didn’t sail close enough to the icebergs to see whether any polar bears were drifting to land along with them, as sometimes happen.

An iceberg was also recently spotted off Hornstrandir in the West Fjords.

Related:

08.08.2013 | Giant Iceberg off Iceland’s Hornstrandir Region

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