There's nothing I can say—NOTHING !!—that can prepare you for Jökulsárlón, the glacial iceberg lagoon on the Southeast coast of Iceland. It's about halfway between Höfn to Vik (372 km from Reykjavik, totally doable as a day trip). It's the spot where the giant glacier comes almost down to the sea and calves icebergs which float through the lagoon and out to sea.
This was a day for the ages. One I never will forget as long as I live. Its beauty drained something from me and left me humbled and limp.
The one thing I will say: if you ever go to Iceland, this is an absolute imperative. Full stop.
You'll have to indulge me here. The next post will have more narrative about the rest of the day—which was impressive in itself. But I'm just going to post a ton of pictures here from the glaciers here. Enjoy, and remember: click pics to embiggen a slide show.
|Not Jökulsárlón, but this is as close as we got to an actual finger of the glacier|
|The glacier's edge|
|Jökulsárlón with Arctic Tern and Seal|
|Lagoon with icebergs, glacial mountain|
|People, icebergs, lagoon, glacier, mountain, rays|
|Lagoon with Arctic Tern. But wait! Why are some of the bergs black? That's where the icebergs have flipped. Those are the tracks from the glacier tracking across the earth for thousands of years.|
|Yes. The bergs were constantly circulating, cracking, crashing into one another, flipping, dripping.|
|Good picture of glacial tracks.|
|In the back, you can see the mouth of the glacier.|
|Close up of bergs|
|Hiking around the lagoon. It's about five miles from the parking area to the mouth of the glacier. We made it about 3/5ths of the way.|
|So placid. So lovely.|
|And there's that silly Icelandic troll again.|