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Exploring Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Seaside in South Iceland

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is a tremendous spectacle that you simply’ll need to expertise in your journey to Iceland. It’s a 5-hour drive (with out stops) from Reykjavik however definitely worth the journey and could be mixed with a number of nights away from the capital as there are a lot of different sights alongside Iceland’s south coast. You will discover it by driving alongside the nation’s principal ring Route 1 ring street, between Höfn and Skaftafell – a stunning drive with beautiful views of waterfalls and glaciers en route.

Located on the sting of the Vatnajökull Nationwide Park in southeastern Iceland, the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is the place the Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier, certainly one of thirty outlet glaciers from the Vatnajökull ice cap, makes its means in the direction of the ocean. There may be ample free parking within the neighborhood of the lagoon, plus a carpark near the seaside to the south of Route 1.

The glacier as soon as reached the Atlantic Ocean however has since receded by about 5 miles, leaving a lake between the glacier snout and the ocean. Because the Nineteen Seventies, the scale of the lake is claimed to have elevated four-fold in measurement and is now considered the deepest lake in Iceland.

My pictures right here don’t do it justice however it’s such an iconic, unbelievable view that the situation has been used for motion scenes in two James Bond motion pictures (A View to a Kill and Die One other Day), in addition to in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Batman Begins. Eager followers of the US TV sequence Wonderful Race might also recognise it.

It’s right here that Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier meets the water and calves. Calving is a means of glacial ablation (melting) which sees lots of ice break off from the glacier and enter the water. These icebergs could be of various measurement and float within the lagoon earlier than finally melting utterly inside the lake or making their means out in the direction of the Atlantic.

Had we extra time, we’d have taken one of many cruises on the lagoon however after our Katla ice cave tour and snowmobiling journey on Mýrdalsjökull, sadly there simply weren’t sufficient hours left within the day. You may take a cruise on a big amphibian boat or, for an expertise that permits you to get even nearer to the towering ice bergs, experience on smaller rib boats (zodiac excursions).  If, like us, you’re unable to suit this into your schedule, you possibly can nonetheless benefit from the scene from the water’s edge.

This breathtaking lagoon can also be a wealthy sea habitat for gray seals. Generally they are often seen on the resting on the floating icebergs however preserve your eyes additionally on the lake as there’s a superb likelihood you’ll see some bobbing round towards a backdrop of superb Arctic surroundings.

Seals can apparently additionally generally be seen on Diamond Seaside, altough none had been current on the time of our go to. Diamond Seaside is only a brief 5-minute stroll from the lagoon alongside a path that runs beneath the Route 1 bridge. It’s the place the icebergs that float from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon are washed again onto the shore, after making their technique to the ocean.

In fact, having skilled extra melting, they are typically a lot smaller by the point they’re washed up onto the seaside.

However, all this glacier ice scattered throughout the shorline, battered by the waves from the ocean, is in itself fairly a sight.

Ice with a excessive bubble content material tends to be fairly white in color and translucent…


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…while ice with a low air content material tends to be crystal clear – virtually glowing like jewels within the sand – therefore the identify Diamond Seaside.

These clear chunks of ice, eternally weathered by the ocean’s ebbing tide, are actually fairly a sight, notably when the sunshine catches them.

Their glassy texture contrasts fantastically with the seaside’s black volcanic sand.

In the event you can, be sure to embrace Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Seaside in your Iceland itinerary to see Mom Nature at her most interesting. It’s a major drive to get there, nevertheless it’s a magical place that makes it greater than definitely worth the effort.

My advice could be to not try and do the journey as a day journey from Reykjavik however as an alternative to take a number of days travelling alongside the south coast as there’s a lot to see on this a part of Iceland.

Planning a visit to Iceland your self? You may watch a video from our journey to Iceland right here. You’ll see footage from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Seaside between 4m 59s and 5m 12s:

Disclosure: Our journey to Iceland was additionally sponsored by Helly Hansen.

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