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

Breiðárlón

Photo from Wikimedia, Creative Commons, by Bromr. Breiðárlón is a gorgeous, yet often overlooked glacier lagoon, that can be found ...

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Fjallsjökull

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Fjallsárlón

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Jökulsárlón

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Diamond Beach

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Þórbergssetur

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Öræfajökull

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Hvannadalshnúkur

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Morsárfoss

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Skaftafellsjökull

Wikimedia. Creative Commons. Credit: Praveen Kumar Bodigutla Skaftafellsjökull is a glacier tongue spurting off from Iceland's largest ...

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Hafrafell

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Virkisjökull

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Falljökull

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Hnappavellir

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Skaftafell

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Svartifoss

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Vestragil

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Skeiðarársandur

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Vatnajökull

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Ingólfshöfði

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Tours near Breiðamerkurjökull

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Natural Ice Cave Tour | Breidamerkurjokull Glacier

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Ice Cave Exploration | Travel Underneath Europe's Largest Glacier

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