"The Sandur" Iceland Warnings Or Dangers Tip by dharmabum222

Iceland Warnings and Dangers: 131 reviews and 166 photos

  Skeidarársandur- southeast Iceland
by dharmabum222

Sandur is the Icelandic word for outwash plain which is defined as "a broad, gently sloping sheet of outwash deposited by meltwater streams flowing in front of or beyond a glacier". Basically these are huge areas of sand filled land mass (the one near Vatnajokull streatches more than 20 miles) that have been devastated by run off from a rapidly melting glacier....they are known to be VERY windy and sandstorms are common. If you get caught in one it is best to drive as if in a snow storm and then rinse your car at the gas station with the free hoses designated for this purpose as the fine sand can take the finish off of your rental car if you rub it! If you are on a bike....good-luck!

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  • Written Jun 11, 2005
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