Satellite image of Iceland
This satellite image of Iceland was captured by the MODIS camera on the Terra or Aqua Nasa satellites. The picture has a particularly nice contrast, since the lowlands are clear of snow and appear dark, while the snow line at a couple of hundred meters in altitude is completely white. Also because this picture is taken in early February, the sun does not rise very high during the short days. This is why the larger mountains and particularly the northern sides of the glaciers cast a dark shadow on the land north of them.
In the upper left hand corner you can see Iceland’s enormous icy neighbor, Greenland. As you see, the distance between us is not that great and sea ice reaches nearly half of the way. No wonder polar bears occasionally swim across.
I’ve posted a few cool satellite images of Iceland before. I particularly recommend taking a look at the satellite image of Grímsvötn erupting in 2011.