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Myrdalsjokull glacier

Mýrdalsjökull Glacier and Katla Volcano

Mýrdalsjökull is a glacier located in the south of Iceland. It is situated to the north of Vík í Mýrdal and to the east of the smaller glacier Eyjafjallajökull. Its peak reaches 1493 m in height and in 1980 it covered an area of 595 km². The view on a clear day is one of the prettiest in the world.

Guided snow scooter, snowmobile, Super Jeep, dog sledding and iceclimbing tours are offered on the Myrdalsjökull glacier. Travelers on the glacier have to be extremely careful about crevasses and inexperienced travelers should not go there alone. Weather conditions shift very rapidly and high winds and snowstorms can appear in a flash all year round.

The volcano Katla, in the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, has erupted on average every 40 - 60 years. Sixteen eruptions have been recorded since the settlement of Iceland, the last in 1918, but there have probably been more. Katla is one of the most famous volcanoes in the country, and its eruptions usually have very serious consequences. It can actually be regarded as one of the most powerful volcanoes in the world and probably the largest active volcano in the northern hemisphere.

During the eruption, the glacier above the volcanic vent melts and the melted water collects under the ice-cap until it makes its way out under the edge in a violent flood. These are called "Jokulhlaup". Huge amounts of ice, rocks, silt and sand carried along by the floodwater. Most of the Mýrdalssandur sand plain has been formed by deposits in past floods.

Katla has been showing signs of unrest recently and some geologists suspect that it might erupt in the near future, since it is way overdue to erupt.

Eruptions of Katla have taken place (since known and recognized human settlement): 1918, 1860, 1823, 1755-56, 1721, 1660-61, 1625, 1612, 1580, 1416, 1357, 1311, 1262, 1245, 1177, 950.

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Myrdalsjokull glacier
GPS Points N63° 37' 41.151" W19° 5' 19.269"
Postal code

871

Road number

1

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Others

Hotel Katla - Keahotels
Hotels
  • Höfðabrekka
  • 871 Vík
  • 487-1208
Guesthouse Vellir
Guesthouses
  • Mýrdalur
  • 871 Vík
  • 487-1312, 849-9204
Farmhouse Lodge
Guesthouses
  • Skeiðflöt
  • 871 Vík
  • 571-5879
Þórsmörk - Iceland Touring Association
Mountainhuts & Cabins
  • Mörkin 6, 108 Reykjavík
  • 568-2533
Hvammból Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Hvammból
  • 871 Vík
  • 863-2595 , 892-9785
Eystri Sólheimar
Farm Holidays
  • Mýrdalur
  • 871 Vík
  • 487-1316
Volcano Hotel
Hotels
  • Ketilsstaðaskóli
  • 871 Vík
  • 486-1200
Víkurbraut 10
Bed & Breakfast
  • Víkurbraut 10
  • 870 Vík
Brekkur 1
Farm Holidays
  • Brekkur 1
  • 871 Vík
Black Beach Suites
Hotels
  • Norður Foss
  • 871 Vík
  • 779-1166
Vík Camping Ground
Camping
  • Klettsvegur
  • 870 Vík
  • 487-1345, 662-2716
Guesthouse Reynir
Guesthouses
  • Reyni
  • 871 Vík
  • 894-9788, 487-1434
Giljur
Guesthouses
  • Giljum
  • 871 Vík
  • 866-0176
Guesthouse Carina
Guesthouses
  • Mýrarbraut 13
  • 870 Vík
Strútur - Útivist Touring Club
Mountainhuts & Cabins
  • Office: Laugavegur 178, 105 Reykjavík
  • 562-1000
Slyppugil camping site - Thorsmork
Camping
  • Þórsmörk
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 575-6700
Puffin Apartments
Apartments
  • Víkurbraut 26
  • 870 Vík
  • 467-1212
Sólheimahjáleiga
Guesthouses
  • Mýrdal
  • 871 Vík
  • 864-2919, 864-2919, 487-1305
Like Vik Guesthouse
Bed & Breakfast
  • Suðurvíkurvegur 8a
  • 870 Vík
  • 898-8274
Grand Guesthouse Garðakot
Guesthouses
  • Garðakot
  • 871 Vík
  • 8942877
Guesthouse Görðum
Guesthouses
  • Garðar
  • 871 Vík
  • 487-1260, 776-7098
Austurvegur 11
Guesthouses
  • Austurvegur 11
  • 870 Vík
  • 899-4210
Hótel Dyrhólaey
Hotels
  • Mýrdalur
  • 871 Vík
  • 4871333
Emstrur - Iceland Touring Association
Mountainhuts & Cabins
  • Mörkin 6, 108 Reykjavík
  • 568-2533
Básar Camping ground
Camping
  • Básar á Goðalandi
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 893-2910
Presthús evening sun guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Presthús 2
  • 871 Vík
  • 7772909
Guesthouse Gallery Vik
Guesthouses
  • Bakkabraut 6
  • 870 Vík
  • 487-1231, 849-1224
Hvanngil - Iceland Touring Association
Mountainhuts & Cabins
  • Mörkin 6, 108 Reykjavík
  • 568-2533
Vestri Pétursey II
Cottages
  • Mýrdal
  • 871 Vík
  • 487-1307, 893-9907, 845-9907
Skógar Camping Ground
Camping
  • Skógum
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 863-8064, 487-8892
Guesthouse Ársalir
Guesthouses
  • Austurvegur 7
  • 870 Vík
  • 487-1400, 866-7580
Puffin Hostel Vík
Hostels
  • Víkurbraut 26
  • 870 Vík
  • 467-1212
Hótel Skógar
Hotels
  • Ytri Skógar
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-4880, 487-8843
Básar in Þórsmörk - Útivist Touring Club
Mountainhuts & Cabins
  • Office: Laugavegur 178, 105 Reykjavík
  • 562-1000
Fimmvörðuháls - Útivist Touring Club
Mountainhuts & Cabins
  • Office: Laugavegur 178, 105 Reykjavík
  • 562-1000
Puffin Hotel Vik
Guesthouses
  • Víkurbraut 26
  • 870 Vík
  • 467-1212
Þakgil
Cottages
  • Þakgil
  • 871 Vík
  • 893-4889
Fossbúð
Restaurants
  • Ytri Skógar
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-8843
Háigarður
Guesthouses
  • Kirkjuvegur 1
  • 870 Vík
Nordur-Hvammur accommodation
Farm Holidays
  • Norður-Hvammur
  • 871 Vík
  • 698-9381, 588-0810
Hotel Búrfell
Guesthouses
  • Mýrdalur
  • 871 Vík
  • 4874660, 868-7651

Others

Vik Horse Adventure
Day Tours
  • Smiðjuvegur 6
  • 870 Vík
  • 8671486
Hotel Katla - Keahotels
Hotels
  • Höfðabrekka
  • 871 Vík
  • 487-1208
Mountain Excursion
Hiking Tours - Hiking
  • Ketilsstaðaskóli
  • 871 Vík
  • 897-7737
Ytri Skógar
Horse Activities
  • Skógar
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-8832, 844-7132
Arcanum / Icelandic Mountain Guides
Winter adventure
  • Stórhöfði 33
  • 110 Reykjavík
  • 587-9999
Vík Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Klettsvegur
  • 870 Vík
  • 694-1700, 861-2299
Ytri-Skógar Horse Rental
Day Tours
  • Ytri-Skógar 3
  • 861 Hvolsvöllur
  • 487-8832, 851-1995, 844-7132
Ingi Már Björnsson
Day Tours
  • Suður-Foss
  • 871 Vík
  • 894-9422, 487-1494
Volcano Hotel
Hotels
  • Ketilsstaðaskóli
  • 871 Vík
  • 486-1200

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