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| The ice-filled caldera of Bardarbunga from the NW,
with the vast icefield of Vatnajokull at rear
indented by the dark crater of Grimsvotn
(photo by Oddur Sigurdsson)   <click to enlarge>

Bárdarbunga
    6595 ft (2010 m) .
Location: Central Iceland, NW edge of Vatnajokull,
75 miles (120 km) SE of Akureyri
Lat / Long: 64.6° N, 17.5° W
Volcanic Type: Stratovolcano (subglacial)
Volcanic Status: Active, last eruption 1903
First Ascent:
First Ski Descent:
Skiable Vertical: over 3000 ft (1000 m) locally, with
over 6000 ft (1500 m) across Vatnajokull to the coast



Bardarbunga is the second highest volcano in Iceland, a large caldera filled with ice over 2000 ft (700 m) deep which sits on the northwest edge of the immense Vatnajokull icefield. To the east and south, the icefield falls away gently for many miles, while the northwest side of Bardarbunga has a steep drop into the lava-flow-filled valley below. The standard skiing and climbing route comes from the road to the north, ascending the northeast slope to the summit.



More photos and info about routes, access, etc. may be added in the future ...


Topographic map of Bardarbunga (1:100,000 scale)
    <click to enlarge>




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