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Vatnajokull Glacier

Iceland, March 2008

With a size of 8,100 km², Vatnajökull is the largest glacier in Europe covering more than 8% of the country. Under the glacier, as under many of the glaciers of Iceland, there are several volcanoes. Vatnajökull has been shrinking for some years now, possibly because of climatic changes and recent volcanic activity.

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Looking out onto the ice of Vatnajökull. Only a tiny portion of it can be seen at any given time.

A small glacial lake close to one of the edges of the glacier.

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Long afternoon shadows on glacial deposits.

Huge rivers of ice, descending slowly into the water, which is still partly frozen from winter.

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Windswept mountains near the Vatnajökull glacier.

Rough seas and impressive spires of rock near the town of Vik, not far from the glacier.