glacier run

600_6654-e_wAs I wrote in my last post, you can find lots of glaciers in Iceland. Thick packs of ice flowing slowly downhill. The landscape looks cold, but peaceful.

Near Þjóðvegur there is a huge plain. Although the whole country is quite empty nearly everywhere, this area is special. Beside the street you can only see rocks and black ground. Three bridges crossing three wide but dry river beds. At the edge of this plain you can find a parking ground with something like modern art and info signs explaining the plains and the art installation.

It’s not really art. It a remain from the last glacier run, a few years ago. The glaciers in the background became liquid and overflooded the whole plain, destroying the street and the bridges. The steel beams from the bridges were deformed. When the flood was over, two of these steel beams were kept and formed to this art installation as a memorial.

Our guide told us, the government would observe the glaciers very carefully to predict such a glacier run and to warn all people in the certain area by radio broadcast and text messages to the mobiles to leave a jeopardized area. The advance time is very short. But, the flood is extremely quick and dangerous.

Enjoy!

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