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Katla Geopark visited Icelandic Mountan Guides

On the 4th of August, Katla Geopark visited the Mýrdalsjökull base camp in Ytri-Sólheimar. Icelandic Mountain Guides run a base camp from there for their guided tours in the area, including to Sólheimajökull outlet glacier and buggy tours. 

The purpose of the visit was to go on a tour with the company's guides and go over the geology that that can be seen on the tour. The idea to do this came about when several guides from the company attended recent lectures on the geology of Katla Geopark that the Geopark held. The tour was a buggy tour on Sólheimasandur outwash plain and the surrounding area, with stops at several places where the geologist from the Geopark explained the geology that could be seen.

The topics that were covered included the eruption history of Katla volcano, jökulhlaup (glacial outburst floods) and the formation of Sólheimasandur outwash plain, Mt. Pétursey and submarine and subglacial eruptions, erosion caused by glaciers and rivers, how intrusions, palagonite tuff and palagonite tuff breccia form, to name a few.

The Geopark would like to thank Icelandic Mountain Guides for their invitation and hospitality, with a special thanks to their guides for the warm welcomes.


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