Man standing in the glacier lagoon

Glacier Lagoon

In Blog by Jón Hil.

Jökulsárlón is a glacial lagoon, bordering Vatnajökull National Park in southeastern Iceland. Its still, blue waters are dotted with icebergs from the surrounding Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier, part of larger Vatnajökull Glacier. The Glacier Lagoon flows through a short waterway into the Atlantic Ocean, leaving chunks of ice on a black sand beach. In winter, the fish-filled lagoon hosts hundreds of seals.

The lagoon is a magical place for photographers, its constantly changing, the same with the weather so you never have the same look or conditions when you come there.

Icebergs at glacier lagoon from above

Icebergs at glacier lagoon from above

Jökulsárlón  is a large glacial lake in southeast Iceland, on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park. Situated at the head of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, it developed into a lake after the glacier started receding from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The lake has grown since then at varying rates because of melting of the glaciers. It is now 1.5 km (0.93 mi) away from the ocean’s edge and covers an area of about 18 km2 (6.9 sq mi). It recently became the deepest lake in Iceland, at over 248 m (814 ft), as glacial retreat extended its boundaries. The size of the lake has increased fourfold since the 1970s. It is considered as one of the natural wonders of Iceland. The lake can be seen from Route 1 between Höfn and Skaftafell. It appears as “a ghostly procession of luminous blue icebergs”.

Milky way at glacier lagoon

Milky way at glacier lagoon

Jökulsárlón and the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier have been part of the James Bond films A View to a Kill (1985) and Die Another Day (2002), Batman Begins (2005),[3] Beowulf and Grendel (2005), and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider . The popularity of the lake has been further boosted by the TV coverage provided live from Jökulsárlón on the American TV program Good Morning America in southeast Iceland, on 13 November 2006. The live broadcast is reported to have been watched by four million people. In 2014, Swedish electronic multimedia project, iamamiwhoami, filmed their music video “vista” in Jökulsárlón.

Sunset at glacier lagoon

Sunset at glacier lagoon

The glacier lagoon is a place and foreground for great photography work, the sunrise, the sunset, milky way and aurora. Different kind of Icebergs, reflection and seals. So many various options to take great pictures – love this place.

Aurora at the glacier lagoon

Aurora at the glacier lagoon