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 🙂