Information about Breiðamerkurjökull

Breiðamerkurjökull is the glacial tongue that extends from southern Vatnajökull and into the glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón.

Breiðamerkurjökull is constantly retreating, breaking and melting, causing the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon to increase in size. This glacier tongue provides the lagoon with all of its enormous icebergs, which perpetually break from off its tip and tumble into the abyssal waters where they float for about 5 years until they are small enough to make their way towards sea and join the countless smaller ice chunks that adorn the nearby Diamond Beach.

Breiðamerkurjökull is beset with enormous cracks and crevices, and since it's virtually impossible to tell exactly when the next big block of ice will break from it, people should admire this enormous glacier tongue from a great distance.

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Attractions nearby Breiðamerkurjökull

Fjallsjökull

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Skaftafell

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Diamond Beach

The Diamond Beach is the name of a strip of black sand belonging to the greater Breiðamerkursandur glacial plain, located by the Jökul...

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Jökulsárlón

Jokulsarlon is a glacier lagoon in the south of Vatnajokull national park that is easily reached by the Ring Road. Covered in thick glacial ice unti...

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Þórbergssetur

Thorbergssetur, located in the remote region of Sudursveit in South-East Iceland, is a culture center and heritage museum dedicated to the history of ...

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Öræfajökull

  Oraefajokull is a glacier volcano in South-East Iceland. On its north-western side is Iceland's highest peak, Hvannadalshnjukur (2109 m). ...

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Hvannadalshnúkur

Hvannadalshnúkur or Hvannadalshnjúkur is the highest peak of Öræfajökull volcanic glacier in Vatnajökull National P...

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Hafrafell

Hafrafell is a small mountain south of Mosfellsbaer town, around 12 km from Reykjavik.  This mountain offers a great view from the top, as you&#...

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Virkisjökull

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Falljökull

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Hnappavellir

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Vestragil

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Skeiðarársandur

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Vatnajokull

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Ingólfshöfði

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Grímsvötn

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Lomagnupur

Mt. Lómagnúpur is, very arguably, one of Iceland’s most recognisable mountains, with its proud and dramatic cliff faces, flat, gar...

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Hornafjörður

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Höfn

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Jökulsá á Fjöllum

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Tours near Breiðamerkurjökull

​Ice Cave Tour by Vatnajokull Glacier | Departure from Jökulsárlón

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Snæfellsnes and South Iceland Winter Photo Workshop

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2 day South Coast adventure

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Unique Natural Ice Cave tour in Breiðamerkurjökull glacier outlet

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