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Drangajökull Glacier on Westfjords Peninsula, Iceland

March 11th, 2011 Category: Glaciers and Ice Caps

Iceland - February 18th, 2011

Although much of Iceland is covered by snow and glaciers, some snow-free low-laying areas can be observed near the coast and in large valleys.

The large peninsula on the left side of the image, in northwestern Iceland, is known as the Westfjords. It is connected to the rest of Iceland by a 7 km wide isthmus.

The Westfjords are very mountainous; the coastline is heavily indented by dozens of fjords surrounded by steep hills. Here, the contrast of white snow against blue ocean makes it easy to observe the contours of these fjords.

The Drangajökull glacier is located in the far north of the peninsula and is the fifth largest of the country, but the only glacier of the region.

The Westfjords, Iceland

March 7th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Icelandic coast - March 1st, 2009

Icelandic coast - March 1st, 2009

The Westfjords or West Fjords is the name for the large peninsula in northwestern Iceland. It is connected to the rest of Iceland by a 7 km wide isthmus between Gilsfjörður and Bitrufjörður.

The Westfjords are very mountainous; the coastline is heavily indented by dozens of fjords surrounded by steep hills. The cliffs at Látrabjarg comprise the longest bird cliff in the northern Atlantic Ocean and are at the westernmost region of Iceland.

The Drangajökull glacier is located in the far north of the peninsula and is the fifth largest of the country, but the only glacier of the region.

The lack of flat lowlands in the area makes it unsuitable for agriculture, but good natural harbors in many of the fjords and closeness to fishing areas are vital for the local economy.

The Westfjords are sparsely populated; the total population in 2007 was 7,380. The capital, and largest town, is Ísafjörður (population about 3000), which serves as a center for commerce, administration and transportation in the region.

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.

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