Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon

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  • Day32


    August 15, 2017 in Iceland

    Wat een magische plek: zicht op meerdere gletchers, gletchermeer met ijsbergen en toegang op zee. Het is eb en dus het hele ijs zaakje stroomt richting zee. Met vloed spoelt het weer aan op het zwarte strand.

    We hebben net met een amfibie voertuig op het meer gevaren. Het zijn 2e handjes, de originele eigenaar was de U.S. army die ze in Vietnam gebruikt hebben ;-)

    De zon had even moeite door te breken maar dat is helemaal goed gekomen.

    Het meer is een paar jaar terug afgesloten van de zee en door gebrek aan zout water vroor het toen dicht. Daarna hebben ze er met Aston Martons overheen gecrosst en dat kun je zien in James Bond Die another day. Ook Tomb Raider schijnt hier opgenomen te zijn.

    Het is ontstaan in 1935 toen de gletcher zich terug trok en is nu 4x zo groot als 40 jaar terug, een gevolg van global warming...
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  • Day16

    Ice ice baby

    August 4, 2017 in Iceland

    Jökulsarlon glacier lagoon

  • Day5

    Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

    October 29, 2016 in Iceland

    We left our accommodation this morning in low spirits. The weather was heavily overcast, it was wet - the very wet stuff where you get very wet, wetter than a bank holiday in Blackpool and that's very very wet. Get the idea? There's more - because on the way to the place where unique photographic opportunities await, there was also fog! "Dull" does not describe it.

    So when we arrived at our next photo location we were amazed to see the view emerge before us. It was like the ice had a life of its own, a glow of subtle blues and whites set against a gentle grey toned backdrop. It was wonderful.

    We spent the whole day here in the pouring rain for it never stopped, not for a moment. Everything got soaked - the cameras, the lenses, the both of us. Was it worth it? Oh yes!
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  • Day3

    Late Night Photography

    February 8 in Iceland

    Here is the reason our blog updates slipped behind. A late night at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon.

    Having arrived in the dark and found our room, we settled in and had a lovely meal then, given how clear the skies were as we travelled to the hotel, we decided to check the aurora forecast App on Rob's phone. It looked promising so at around 10.30pm we decided to take the plunge and drive the 20 minutes to Jokulsarlon to stand in temperatures around -6c ... and wait and see. We didn't have to wait long because when we arrived and turned off the headlights there were the Northern Lights ... right there, shining in an almost cloudless sky over a lagoon of frozen ice and bergs. Stunning.

    We stayed there until around 1.30am as the lights came and went and we got to bed an hour later. What a day! We don't think we could have ever have wished for a day like this. From leaving Hofn, the photo stops, the incredible sights in perfect weather and the afternoon light at the lagoon. All that and we are gifted with the aurora at the glacier lagoon. What a rewarding day. A privilege to see what we saw and the opportunity to photograph it. Not just one kind of view but a kaleidoscope of sensual experience.

    Okay, we know that's a bit OTT but hey, what an impressive day!
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  • Day5

    So, having taken more photographs than you'd be prepared to suffer, we then took a break in the cafe where hot soup and coffee were the order of the day. Not in the same bowl, by the way ... we are quite posh you know!

    At the end of the lagoon there is a channel where the ice glides out to sea, but some of it is washed back against and onto a volcanic black sand beach. This is Diamond Beach and it's where we went next, just across the road from the lagoon. Perhaps you can see why it's called Diamond Beach.

    We spent about an hour and half looking for compositions and patterns and dodging the waves, which were quite powerful having nothing to stop them between goodness knows where and Iceland. In the end, though, the light was fading, the wind nagging at us and our wet-weather gear could take no more. We reluctantly left the diamonds behind us. This had turned into an amazing day.
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  • Day6

    We woke this morning to a pleasant surprise of sunshine and clouds and much warmer too so with luck we would remain dry.

    Having visited the smaller glacial lagoon of Fjallsárlón in the rain we decided we would go and take a look to see if we could photograph it in better light. However, to get to Fjallsárlón we had to drive past Jökulsárlón and when we arrived there it was lovely ... very, very windy but bright and sunny with a golden light. It simply had to be done so the brakes were applied.

    We quickly checked out the lagoon and took a few photographs and noted how different everything now was. The icebergs were in different places and all the ice fragments by the beach were gone.

    We headed for Diamond Beach and again everything was different. Today there were far more "diamonds" and many more larger blocks of ice, all of which glistened in the morning sunshine.

    We stayed here for an hour looking for new compositions and spoilt for photo opportunities.
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  • Day5

    The Other Diamond Beach

    February 10 in Iceland

    The main activity of the day was scheduled to be a visit to an ice cave in the glacier. This promised to be one of the highlights of the two weeks so we had to be at the cafe at Jokulsarlon for 1pm. With the late start this meant we had to think about how to spend the morning so we decided to visit the 'other' Diamond Beach at Jokulsarlon.

    The lagoon exits to the sea via a narrow channel. In fact, this is how the ice makes its way to the sea to be swept back onto the beaches of black volcanic sand. There are beaches on both sides of the channel and it is the left one which most people visit, as did we during the 2016 trip and also yesterday when we first arrived here. Why the left hand one? Well, it is the nearest to the Jokulsarlon car park but mainly it's because most of the ice diamonds arrive there.

    The right hand beach has far less ice but it is also less crowded and we thought we'd check it out. Yep, less ice and less people but we felt the other beach was the best. We stayed a while a took some photographs but the waves were much stronger than yesterday so we had to keep grabbing our tripods and running. Then all of a sudden we needed to leave for the ice cave trip.
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  • Day3

    First Visit to Jokulsarlon

    February 8 in Iceland

    We arrived at the glacier lagoon mid to late afternoon and how different it looked from when we were here in October 2016. First of all, it wasn't raining and foggy. Second, there were far fewer icebergs with most of the lagoon frozen and this gave it a different feel altogether. Such is the nature of this place ... it's never the same, even from one hour to the next. To be honest, an hour is too long as the bergs and ice are constantly moving and the weather ever changeable.

    We parked up and spent time photographing the ice in the lagoon before going to Diamond Beach to photograph the crystal clear ice stranded on black volcanic sand. Time passed unnoticed as we tried to capture the essence of the place, the patterns formed as the waves washed over and around those diamonds of ice as the light gently faded. Not windy this time, not raining and so pleasurable. We captured some great photographs. It was dark when we arrived at our hotel.
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