Mýrdalsjökull Glacier in Iceland Perilous to Visit Skip to content

Mýrdalsjökull Glacier in Iceland Perilous to Visit

By Iceland Review

A specialist from the Icelandic Science Institute at the University of Iceland urges travelers to be very cautious when traveling on Mýrdalsjökull glacier due to hazardous conditions in the vicinity of the calderas.


From the Calderas in Mýrdalsjökull. Photo courtesy of Coast Guard.

Scientists flew over the glacier yesterday to inspect the area in a helicopter from the Icelandic Coast Guard (ICG). The purpose was to see if visible changes could be detected on the surface of the glacier where an earthquake registering 3.8 on the Richter scale recently occurred.

Scientists discovered a new caldera northwest of the calderas from where the glacial outburst flood in Múlakvísl originated, ruv.is reports. Scientists now believe the flood that destroyed the bridge crossing the river Múlakvísl also originated in the new caldera. They also discovered circular rifts in the glacier.

Freysteinn Sigmundsson, an expert at the Science Institute, has analyzed the data and told the Rúv news room this morning, “the circular rifts in the glacier indicate a depletion from beneath the calderas and the pressure is dropping.”

The Icelandic Civil Protection sent out a warning this morning urging travelers to stay away from the area southeast of the glacier due to the rift formation surrounding the calderas.

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