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About Snæfellsjökull

According to glaciologists, Snæfellsjökull is predicted to disappear by 2100. This is our time to elect a president from whom we will learn the value of interdependence and ecosocial community.​​​​​​​

While the stratovolcano (Snæfell) is ~840,000 years old, the glacier (Snæfellsjökull) grew during the Little Ice Age. Our future president has held citizenship as a volcano for ~25% of the island's existence, and as a glacier for 100% of Iceland's national identity. This renders Snæfell and the subsequent jökull as keystone citizens (similar to keystone species) thousands of years prior to the first human settlers (~874), creation of Alþingi (930), and election of the first Icelandic president (1944). 

As a keystone citizen, Snæfellsjökull has wielded influence on weather, water, and land this past millennium. Snæfellsjökull has been an active contributor to landscape design, using its weight to carve valleys and fjords. Even the glacier's retreat has (in)formed rugged terrain. The most recent known eruption of Snæfellsjökull occurred around 1,800 years ago, adding craters, lava fields, and caves to a portfolio filled with influential design. The volcano is still considered active, with the potential for future eruptions and, therefore, future contributions to the shape of our fine country.

Throughout the past millennium, Snæfellsjökull's influence has extended into literature. Bárður Saga Snæfellsás is the best-known saga situated near the glacier, likely written in the 14th century. Much later, Jules Verne began his 1864 novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth at Snæfellsjökull. In the 20th century, Iceland's sole Nobel laureate Halldór Laxness set his novel Kristnihald undir jökli (Under the Glacier) in Snæfellsjökull's domain.

Snæfellsjökull lives in the Snæfellsjökull National Park, established in 2001. The park is maintained by Iceland's Environmental Agency (Umhverfisstofnun). Municipalities proximal to the glacier uphold an Environmental and Social Sustainability Policy, in concert with their approval to EarthCheck Platinum Certification. Snæfellsjökull enjoys views throughout western Iceland, including of the West Fjords, Reykjanes, and Reykjavík—including a view of the Presidential home, Bessastaðir.

Snæfellsjökull's legacy encompasses literature, science, tourism, and folklore, making it a significant figure in Iceland's natural and cultural heritage. The glacier-capped summit of Snæfellsjökull even reaches an elevation of about 1,446 meters (4,744 feet) above sea level, making it one of the most iconic figures in Iceland. Who could boast a better pedigree for President than the glacier?​​​​​​​

Cultural Legacy & Leadership

 

Guardian of Iceland's Spirit

Snæfellsjökull has long been revered as a spiritual and mystical force in Icelandic culture. Electing Snæfellsjökull as president is a tribute to our heritage and a commitment to preserving the essence of our nation.

Environmental Stewardship

As a glacier, Snæfellsjökull is deeply connected to environmental cycles. A presidency under Snæfellsjökull's guidance promises a commitment to sustainable practices, environmental conservation, and the fight against climate change.

Inspiring Global Leadership

Snæfellsjökull's presidency will not only inspire Icelanders but also captivate the global community. It symbolizes Iceland's dedication to being a leader in environmental sustainability and responsible, inclusive governance.

Cultural Icon

Snæfellsjökull represents a living link to our cultural heritage. Choosing Snæfellsjökull for President is a celebration of our roots, connecting us to the land and reminding us of the importance of preserving our unique identity.

Enduring Stability

Snæfellsjökull, standing tall for centuries, embodies stability and endurance. In times of change, uncertainty, and global challenges, Snæfellsjökull's steady leadership is what Iceland needs.

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