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Jökulsárlón

I’ve posted before about Jökulsárlón.  Jökulsárlón is a glacial lake fed by the same glacier, Vatnajökull, that I spoke about in my last post.  Huge icebergs that calve from the glacier edge, float in this lake, some for many years until finally, currents send them on their way to the sea. You can see my first post from the lake here.  It was also at  Jökulsárlón that I saw the seals lazing on the ice and I posted those photographs here.

Visiting for the second time, I found my way onto the beach where some of these icebergs, having made it to the sea, are then washed up onto the black volcanic sand. Huge diamond like chunks of ice litter the beach for hundreds of yards.  I happily spent a couple of hours, watching the action of the waves on these huge blocks of ice.  These are the photographs I took whilst contemplating this beautiful spectacle.

Icebergs on the beach at Jökulsárlón, Iceland45mm f/22 60 sec. ISO-50

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Leaving the lake behind we soon hit the blizzard that was looming on the horizon in the photographs above.  Looking for petrol, we came upon a frozen waterfall, Systrafoss, (sister falls) cascading down smooth rock at Kirkjubæjarklaustur.  With the snow falling so heavily, we clearly weren’t seeing it at its best and is definitely on the list of places to visit next time..

Kirkjubæjarklaustur58mm f/8 1/125 sec. ISO-50

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