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Watch a giant chunks of ice break off Svínafellsjökull glacier

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  • Svínafellsjökull A video captured by a group of hikers shows a giant chunk of ice breaking off from Svínafellsjökull glacier. Photo/Screenshot from video, see below. Photo/Vilheilm 

A group of hikers by Svínafellsjökull glacier in South Iceland managed to capture on video when a huge chunk of ice brok off the edge of the glacier. The video shows where the giant chunks fall into the mud and melt water below, rolling and sliding away from the glacier, before turning back upright.

In their description of the video on YouTube the travellers describe the ice as covered with volcanic ash. But although there is most likely ash on the ice, the dirt we see is primarily clay, sand and rubble which the outlet glacier scrapes from the mountainsides and cliffs as it creeps down the valley, as well as black sand dust, blown from the beaches below. 

Svínafellsjökull Glacier is a outlet glacier of Öræfajökull glacier, which is part of Vatnajökull glacier. It is relatively easily accessible from the ring road. This has made the glacier a popular destination for both hikers and film crews. Parts of Interstellar were shot on Svínafellsjökull glacier, as well as scenes from the HBO series The Game of Thrones. But, as the video above shows, travellers and hikers need to be careful when visiting the glacier.

 

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