Touring Iceland, in many ways, was filled with excitement and surprises.
I was a geography student till A levels, and I read so much about natural formations, including retreating glaciers. I hiked up my first glacier, Fox Glacier, in New Zealand 2013.
This time round, we visited the spectacular glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón in the southeastern part of Iceland, where the deep blue icebergs dazzled, even under the gloomy skies.
Iceland is home to Vatnajökull National Park, which is the largest ice cap in Europe. The Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, which resides in Vatnajökull, retreated so fast that it exposed a rapidly expanding lagoon, Jökulsárlón.Magnificent, dazzling blue glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón took my breath away.
This was day 3 (for the full roadtrip details and maps, click here), while we were trying to be ahead of the storm over the South of Iceland, we stopped by Jökulsárlón in the light drizzle.
Snow-capped mountains in the background. Imagine how beautiful these icebergs would look on a sunny day. A closer look at these icebergs with that intense blue colour which almost seems unreal. Just to illustrate how huge Jökulsárlón is. The boy was standing at a far edge, attempting to take a panorama.
Here’s a top view of the lake, taken while walking down from our car.
And that mandatory tourist shot 😀 Here’s my Jökulsárlón panorama 🙂 And I really want to come back on a sunny day, and check out the ice caves.
Jökulsárlón has been a setting for four Hollywood movies: A View to a Kill, Die Another Day, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Batman Begins
Look out for Hvannadalshnúkur, the highest summit in Iceland while on route to Jökulsárlón. According to Wiki, the route to the top is a popular climb though numerous and frequently hidden crevasses, and, because of this, the climb calls for experienced mountain guides.
As we came during March, do note that such climbs or various activities will not be available due to weather conditions.