Ice ice babyAugust 4, 2017 in Iceland
Jökulsarlon glacier lagoon
Jökulsarlon glacier lagoon
We zijn weer terug op een van de meest magische gletcher plaatsen van IJsland, een tong van de Vatnajökull.
De ijsbergen zitten vast op de bodem van het kanaal totdat ze klein genoeg zijn om naar zee te drijven (het is nu eb) of er is een frontale botsing met eentje die wél drijft zoals net voor ons gebeurde.
Er liggen nu meer ijsbergen voor de opening als vorig jaar
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!Read more
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!Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
It seemed too early to go back to the hotel, so a little way along the road we pulled into one of the small car parks to go and see if there were photo opportunities looking over the lagoon ... more a frozen lake as you have seen. After about half-an-hour the temperature dropped and the winds arrived. Suddenly. One minute it was calm and the next there were really strong gusts and by the time we got back to the car snow was being blown across the roads. The first photo is from that car park just before we left and the second about 10 minutes later at the turn-off for Fjallsarlon, the other glacier lake in the area.
The drive home was interesting with gusting winds and snow being blown across the road, though we could see the advantage of Iceland's roads being raised like they are as it prevented the build-up of snow. That night the storm raged outside and we were glad to be inside. That seemed to be the way though, when storms like this arrive the roads are closed and you are not allowed to travel. And so it was.Read more
Unseren letzten Stopp erreichten wir dann gegen Sonnenuntergang: Der Gletschersee
Riesige Eisschollen treiben hier im Wasser und verhaken sich gegenseitig. Die Strömung zischt daran vorbei und hin und wieder schafft sie es, einen Brocken zu lösen und mit ins Meer zu reißen.
Da es schon dunkel wurde, waren zum Glück nicht mehr so viele Touris hier. So hatten wir wieder genug Zeit die richtige Belichtung einzustellen und trotz Dunkelheit noch tolle Aufnahmen zu bekommen.Read more
You might also know this place by the following names:
Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon