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Snæfellsjökull

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This volcano is the Snæfellsjökull (Snæfells glacier), a 1,200 meters (3,937 feet) strato-volcano that is featured in the novel from 1871 by Jules Verne (and later in a film from 2008: Journey to the Center of the Earth)

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In this novel, Jules Verne describes how professor Otto Lidenbrock’s expedition travels all the way to a volcano in Iceland, which he believes to lead to the center of the Earth after decoding some ancient notes in a runic manuscript (chapter XV): “We were now beginning to scale the steep sides of Snæfell. Its snowy summit, by an optical illusion not unfrequent in mountains, seemed close to us, and yet how many weary hours it took to reach it! The stones, adhering by no soil or fibrous roots of vegetation, rolled away from under our feet, and rushed down the precipice below with the swiftness of an avalanche.”