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Hornstrandir Peninsula and Drangajökull Glacier, Iceland

January 4th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Northern Iceland - November 27th, 2008

Northern Iceland - November 27th, 2008

The coastline of Iceland’s Hornstrandir Peninsula, in the North, can be seen in this radar image. As we can observe, despite its proximity to the Arctic, the island’s coasts remain ice-free through the winter.

This is because the climate of Iceland’s coast is subpolar oceanic. The warm North Atlantic Current ensures generally higher annual temperatures than in most places of similar latitude in the world. The winters are mild and windy while the summers are damp and cool.

On the left side of the image, the eastern part of the Drangajökull glacier, which reaches west into the Kaldalon Bay, is visible. It is the northernmost glacier of Iceland. The glacier covers an area of 160-200 km2 at an altitude of 925m.

source Wikipedia

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