Vatnajokull Glacier in Iceland
Vatnajokullis the largest glacier in Europe with an area of about 8,100 km², an average thickness of 400m and the greatest thickness of about 1100 m. It contains approximately 3300 km³ of ice. The sub glacial landscape is a surging plateau (600-1000m) with valleys and gorges. The icecap rises between 1400 and 1800 m above sea level. Given its massive size and 8% coverage of the entire country, it has received more research and acclaim than any other glacier in Iceland. The research started in 1934, when the lake region erupted and ever since the Glaciological Society was founded in 1950 it has been continued every year. Vatnajökull has around 30 outlet glaciers flowing from the ice cap as well as Jokulsarlon, an amazing glacier lagoon, enjoyed by thousands of travelers every year.