a song of ice (and fire)

Koda – Staying (JacM Remix)

After a long and eventful day of exploring the Laki area (which I’ll cover in a future post) and just a couple of hours before seeing the northern lights, we found ourselves a the famous Jökulsárlón lake at dusk. Arriving there in time to see the sunset involved lots of driving to get us to this more remote and beautiful part of Iceland. It was a close call, but we made it just as the last rays of sun were streaming through the distant clouds…


We could see the fiery reflections in the water for a few minutes before the sun went down behind the glacier.


You could probably tell by this point, but Jökulsárlón is a glacial lake famous amongst Iceland visitors and commonly known as photographer’s heaven — I think we can all see why 🙂


The thick cloud cover actually made for some exciting shots, even when the fire was gone and that was left was the ice.


That’s my buddy Boyko stepping in to beautify (or should I say blurify) my otherwise dull shots 😉


The water naturally was extremely cold, but also very still and tranquil.


Icebergs of all shapes and sizes that have separated from the glacier float freely around.


Some of them are actually quite picturesque.


The surrounding mountains provided for a great backdrop to the serene scenery.


Due to melting and the glacier receding from the edge of the Atlantic ocean, the lake has actually grown quite a bit in recent years (fourfold since the 70s) and now covers around 18 sq. km. It is also the deepest one in Iceland with its over 248 metres.


Convergence of icebergs about to be released into the Atlantic… what a view!


More from Iceland coming soon — in the mean time, do comment and share 🙂


  • Forgive me if you’ve answered this in another part of your blog, but are you equipped with a special wide-angle lens? If so, I’d love to know what you use. The music really fits the scenery! Again, you are inspiration for me to find out how to embed music into a blog post. That one with the rocks/boulders in the foreground…mesmerizing.

    • You always find the nicest words, Shannon, thank you! I have a full-frame Canon 6d and use a few lenses — the widest one is a 24-105mm f/4, which was used for some of these shots as well. There are even wider ones in the Canon lineup (16-35mm / 17-40mm) and I’m contemplating getting one, but haven’t gotten around to it yet.

      As far as the music is concerned — it takes me quite a bit of time to find and figure out what song goes with which photos, but I think at the end it’s worth it 🙂

      • You are rewarded with the time you put in. The selections just *GO* with the photos. Thanks for what you put in.

        I am learning how to attach music files (which I’ve not done yet with a post, but would love to). I’m guessing that an external music account (to which to embed code) is what you use. I will figure it out — I love the effect particularly for photo posts (as yours). Cheers! And thanks for the share.

      • Hey! Guess who finally got with embedding a sound file? (Hint: me.) I’d like to thank you for the inspiration and for lighting a fire for me to learn how to get it done. It’s a nature post with nature sounds (http://wp.me/p28k6D-1Dn). Thanks!

        PS – You should know I think your blog and posts rock. I gave you a little bitty shout-out on another post. (http://wp.me/p28k6D-1BV) No need to participate in the ‘award’…just know that I appreciate what you do, who you are. Cheers. ~ Shannon

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