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Glaciers reflect our past and reveal our future. This short film overlays imagery from the archives of the National Land Survey of Iceland with current day footage of six outlet glaciers in the Hornafjörður region of Southeast Iceland to reveal the breathtaking story of a rapidly disappearing frozen world.

Directed by Kieran Baxter

Written & narrated by M Jackson

Produced by Þorvarður Árnason & Kieran Baxter


Historical imagery based on aerial photography from 

National Land Survey of Iceland 

with additional photography by Colin Baxter   


Drone filming in Vatnajökull National Park 

carried out under special permit

Drone filming, 3D compositing 

& editing by Kieran Baxter


Additional drone and ice cave 

filming by Þorvarður Árnason


Additional drone filming by Ólafur Rögnvaldsson


Sound engineering by Alex Marquez 


Narration recorded at Ancora Publishing

Music by Hugar 

‘Órói’ - ‘Úti’ - ‘Aftur í Tíma’

Bergur Þórisson & Pétur Jónsson © Campbell Connelly & Co Ltd. Courtesy of Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Sponsored by

Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources

Icelandic Glaciers – a natural laboratory to study climate change

Landsbankinn Community Fund 

Thanks to

3DVisLab, DJCAD, University of Dundee • University of Iceland's • Research Centre in Hornafjörður • Vatnajökull National Park • Icelandic Transport Authority • Icelandic Meteorological Office • Icelandic Glaciological Society • South East Iceland • Nature Research Center • Glacierworld, Hoffell • Sjónhending • IceGuide • Glacier Adventure • Glacier Trips • Stepman • Gale Force North • Heading North

Special thanks

Guðfinna Aðalgeirsdóttir • Óskar Arason • Helga Árnadóttir • Joaquín Belart • Kieran Duncan • Eyjólfur Guðmundsson • Snævarr Guðmundsson • Hrafnhildur Hannesdóttir • Steinunn Hödd Harðardóttir • Kristín Hermannsdóttir • Tómas Jóhannesson • Eyjólfur Magnússon • Gunnlaugur Þór Pálsson • Liell Plane • Chris Rowland • Martin Schuhmacher • Matt Sprick • Alice Watterson • Þrúðmar Þrúðmarsson

Copyright © 2021


Press pack
Download images and video clips from the film project - free to use with credit


Sources and further reading:
Historical aerial photographs are free to access from the National Land Survey of Iceland:
Measurements of glacier termini in Iceland are recorded and published by the Glaciological Society of Iceland:
Almost half of the total ice mass lost in Iceland in the last 130 years has occurred since the mid 1990s:
The overwhelming scientific consensus is that recent climate warming trends are due to human activity:

Above: 3D montage view of Heinabergsjökull, Southeast Iceland, derived from aerial photographs from the National Land Survey of Iceland, 1982, compared with aerial photography taken in 2018.

Below: Drone filming in Vatnajökull National Park carried out under special permit

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