Reykjavík if sea levels rise 6m. The red is the ocean (Photo from Loftmyndir ehf. - From DV.is)Iceland could lose all its glaciers in a few hundred years. A glacier expert predicts a 6m rise of the sea.

DV newspaper reports that climate change is melting the glaciers and in about 200 years the glaciers could all be gone.

"Climate change has hit us with full force. This is very visible in the Arctic," glacier expert Tómas Jóhannesson told DV.

It is only 6000-8000 years ago Iceland was glacier free.

Rise of sea levels will continue but in the 20th century the levels rose of about 2mm each years, around 20cm the whole year.

Akureyri if sea levels rise 6m. The red is the ocean (Photo from Loftmyndir ehf. - From DV.is)"Now the rise if about 3mm a year," Tómas said and this will continue to rise.

Naturally this is of great importance in Holland and the Dutch predict 1m rise of sea levels in the 21st century.

If the Greenlandic glacier would melt it would raise the sea levels of about 6m. DV had expert draw maps of how towns in Iceland would look like if the sea levels rise the whole 6m.

Source: DV

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