As promised, here is another post from my Iceland trip. This time it’s of Jökulsárlón. To be honest I don’t know why this place isn’t better known. For me I think it’s one of the natural crown jewels of Europe, nevermind of Iceland. Basically Jökulsárlón is a semi-tidal lagoon on the south-east coast of Iceland and formed in the 1930’s by the retreat of Breiðamerkurjökul. Breiðamerkurjökul’s moraines formed the edge of the lagoon and there is a small tidal river connecting the lagoon to the sea. But what for me makes this place so special are the icebergs. Breiðamerkurjökul carves the icebergs which then float around in the lagoon, slowly melting. Some of them do make it down the small river floating out to the sea, but also being pushed back by the tide and landing on the beach forming yet more amazing ice blocks on the black sand. OK so that’s enough of me talking lets have some pictures.
I think the one above looks a bit like a seal’s head.
The pictures really don’t do this place justice. Maybe I just don’t get out enough but this is one of the most amazing places I’ve ever visited. I probably will never get to go to Antarctica or the high Arctic, but this is pretty close. This is one place that should be on a lot of peoples’ bucket lists and I’m glad to have ticked it off mine.
At the beginning of June I was fortunate enough to go on another trip outside of my home country, and this time to a place I have long wanted to visit, that geogeek’s paradise known as Iceland. It has been a dream I’d wanted to fulfill for a few years now and it has finally gone ahead. Over the next few days I’ll be writing more post about the trip. I went there with 2 friends and spent a total of a week camping, walking, driving and (surprise, surprise) taking hundreds of pictures. For a general overview we landed at Keflavik early in the morning (seriously why does it seem that airlines only do flights that require you to get up at 3am?). We picked up our hire car, drove to Reykjavik to pick up some food and then spent the next few hours driving along the south coast to the campsite at Skaftafell, at the south end of Vatnajökull. We spend 3 nights there, and then drove back to Reykjavik where we spent the last 4 nights of the week.
I can’t speak for the north of the country which we didn’t visit, but the south is a beautiful mix of old lava fields, post-glacial moraines and what can only be described as a peri-glacial cold desert. This ‘desert’ covers large parts of the south coast where areas of black sand and rubble are common and people are not. These have formed mostly as a mixture of lava flows, glacial deposition and jökulhlaups.
It even comes with its own dust clouds when the wind is strong.
This is just the first part of my write ups, so look forward to more about Vatnajökull, Skaftafell, Jökulsárlón amongst other places.