Snaefellsjokull glacier on a hot summer day. This snow on top is slowly disappearing and in 50 years only a mountain could be left. PIC Gouldy99

G laciers doing a Houdini is nothing new in this world. Most glaciers are retreating at an alarming rate and same goes for those in Iceland.

In Iceland this melting is very real and summer of 2013 was the first time ever it was possible to view the ice-less mountaintop of the majestic Snaefellsjokull glacier.

Summer of 2013 was one wondrous summer in Iceland if you love warm weather. Almost all of July the temperature reached over 20 degrees Celsius which is well above normal on this island. It is also the warmest temperature Nordic creatures can take and enjoy without sweating like Niagara falls plus the other discomforts of too much heat.

But our glaciers are sweating like a pig in labor. All of the glaciers in Iceland have shrunk markedly for the last decades. Snaefellsjokull glacier cap is the only glacier visible from the capital Reykjavik across the Faxafloi bay and has been a important symbol in the country for years. It is also quite possibly the most famous glacier in Iceland on account of the novels of Jules Verne where his characters descend into the center of the earth through Snaefellsjokull.

Be that as it may. Seems like you will have to visit here in the next twenty years or so to be able to boast of seeing that particular glacier before it melts into eternity.