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Mýrdalsjökull

The Myrdalsjokull (1480m) is the fourth largest glacier with an area of about 590 km². It rests on a very volcanically active mountain massif, which erupted very powerfully in 1918. Its volcano is called Katla and its caldera is estimated to have a diameter of about 10 km. Eruptions can start in many places outside or within the caldera and cause great glacier bursts. Quite a few glacier snouts flow down onto the lower lying areas and discharge a great volume of water. Travellers on the glacier have to be extremely careful about crevasses. Just west of this glacier is another one, much smaller (50 km²),

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