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Unusually Large Number of Icebergs off Iceland

An unusually large number of icebergs have been floating in the Denmark Strait (otherwise known as the Greenland Strait) in the latter part of this summer.

iceberg_ruvOne of the icebergs off Hornstrandir. Source: RÚV.

Associate professor in geography at the University of Iceland, Ingibjörg Jónsdóttir, is responsible for preparing a map of the sea ice and says there is more ice this year than in recent years.

“This is naturally connected to satellite images which we have access to and they have improved over the last ten years and there is naturally always fluctuations in the system between years, as we know with the climate here. But, it appears that there is an unusually large number of icebergs this year,” she told ruv.is.

One iceberg which was spotted between Iceland and Greenland over the weekend measured 900 meters in length. Once the icebergs start to float across the warm sea, they start to melt, roll over and break up, which makes them no less dangerous.

Icebergs have also been recently spotted off North and West Iceland.


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