Huge Iceberg Spotted Floating In The Ocean West Of Iceland’s West Fjords

The iceberg towers some 100 metres up into the sky. As comparison, the Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavik measures 74.5 metres). Photo/Haraldur Hjálmarsson

A huge iceberg rising over 100 metres above the ocean surface has been spotted  where it was floating ca 50 nautical miles (93 kilometres) west of Látrabjarg in the West Fjords last night. Here it bears mention, that a major portion of the iceberg looms below the surface. The iceberg was captured on camera by sailor Haraldur Hjálmarsson at 8.30 pm yesterday. Hjálmarsson also caught sight of yet another iceberg, albeit of a much smaller scale, following close behind it.  According to Icelandic geologist and sea-ice expert Ingibjörg Jónsdóttir at the University of Iceland Geology department, it is not unusual for icebergs being spotted after breaking off the Greenland glacier at this time of year. Jónsdóttir has located the iceberg on a satellite image and will be following the iceberg on its journey. Icebergs can pose a greater danger to ships, when they begin to break and are less visible on radar, and while it can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between an iceberg and a large ship on a satellite image, according to geologist Jónsdóttir, the good thing about icebergs is that once they have broken away, they show up and are clearly visible on ship radars.

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