jökulsárlón - The Beauty of Ice

jökulsárlón - The Beauty of Ice

Jökulsárlón is a large glacial lake or a lagoon in southeast Iceland. It is one of Iceland's most popular tourist attraction, and not without reason. The lagoon is one of a handful of places where you can get near a glacier without entering the wilderness or the Icelandic highland. Jökulsárlón lagoon forms part of Vatnajökull National Park, and has become one of Iceland’s most popular attractions!

 Photography by Guilhem DE COOMAN   

Photography by Guilhem DE COOMAN

 

The landscape is full of broken icebergs, streaked blue and black, floating with the tide, occasionally breaking apart in a mighty crash. 

 Photography by Ingibjörg Oskarsdottir

Photography by Ingibjörg Oskarsdottir

It is estimated that the glacial lake has actually doubled in size over the past fifteen years or so! Given Vatnajökull’s relatively quick rate of retreat, it is probable that there will be a tremendous fjord formed in the area in the near future as well.

 Photography by @SkyValley69 via Flickr

Photography by @SkyValley69 via Flickr

Jökulsárlón literally means glacier lagoon (Jökull - glacier, lón - lagoon)

 Photography by Jaakko Laurila

Photography by Jaakko Laurila

The area is rich of wildlife - Seals can often be seen swimming in the lagoon and by the coastline, or relaxing on top of an iceberg floating in the lagoon.

 Photography by Matt Aguila

Photography by Matt Aguila

 Photography by François Guinot

Photography by François Guinot

 Photography by Andrés Nieto Porras

Photography by Andrés Nieto Porras

On the shores of Jökulsárlón are Iceland’s world-famous “black sand beaches,” but on this particular shoreline there are icebergs of various sizes and shapes perched on the dark, jewel-like expanses of sand. 

 Photography by Lilicoo via Flickr

Photography by Lilicoo via Flickr

 Photography by Stefan via Flickr

Photography by Stefan via Flickr

Iceland is truly a unique and magical place! If you are planning a trip to Iceland any time soon, do make sure to add jökulsárlón to your check-list!  

Danish photographer Simon Larsen

Danish photographer Simon Larsen

Rustic Perfection

Rustic Perfection