Iceland’s glaciers expand after decades of retreat

After two decades of shrinking, Iceland’s glaciers may have expanded over the last year. The North Atlantic country had 20-30% more snowfall than average last winter, followed by a cold spring that saw roads open later than usual.

Svinafellsjökull glacier, Iceland.

Svinafellsjökull glacier, Iceland. Image by David Phan / CC BY 2.0

All the country’s largest glaciers have depreciated in the last 20 years, and this unusual year looks unlikely to reverse that trend – forecasts suggest they may disappear entirely in 150-200 years. Iceland is home to Europe’s biggest ice cap, Vatnajökull, and many tourists visit its wild highlands. Read more: