original data copyright ESA/TSS 1997

This pre-flood view shows the Skeiðarárjökull glacier (larger) and some smaller valley glaciers emerging on to the sand at the right of the picture. Our route stops at one of these and you can see pictures of it by pressing on the link: glacier pictures. The Skeiðará river (right) is bridged by the longest bridge in Iceland. One span of this was destroyed in the flood, while the bridge over the Gigjá river (left) was completely carried away. You can see these changes in the post-flood picture - see "look at flood" link below.