blog (bottom photo), and considers this an excellent opportunity to study the top of the mountain that has until now been buried in ice. When I took this photo in July two years ago, tour companies were offering jeep rides to the top to see the glacially-capped peak. Now, they might have to do some rewording on those tour descriptions. Some Icelandic geologists predict that in 30 years, the entire glacier will melt, and in a couple centuries, the whole country will probably loose all its ice.
But for the geologists wanting to examine volcanic rocks, glacial melting literally uncovers new opportunities. Who knows, maybe Vernes' legendary explorer Arne Saknussemm had some foresight when he wrote these words:
Descend, bold traveler, into the crater of Snæfellsjökull, which the shadow of Scartaris touches before the Kalends of July, and you will attain the centre of the earth; which I have done.