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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SpacerIcebergs on the beach at Jökulsárlón24mm f/22 1/30 sec. ISO-50

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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66 responses

  1. prismartic

    Fantastic

    April 14, 2015 at 6:15 pm

  2. Taina

    really beautiful

    April 14, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    • It’s an amazing place to visit. Thank you! :-)

      April 14, 2015 at 6:50 pm

  3. Oh yes, the third one especially. Well done Adrian.

    April 14, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    • Thank you Jim! Much appreciated!

      April 14, 2015 at 7:18 pm

  4. Oh yes, especially the third one. Well done Adrian.

    April 14, 2015 at 7:18 pm

  5. Sue

    Love that first image – looks like a Stone Age flint! And the third image is just stunning….I believe you say Marvejols?

    April 14, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    • Thank you Sue! Yes, marvejols is a Poppy word. I could have spent a lot longer on this beach but next time, it’ll be a whole new batch of icebergs and I’ll get to have another go. It is a marvejols place to visit. :-)

      April 14, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      • Sue

        😀😀

        April 14, 2015 at 8:41 pm

  6. Although I’ve seen ice in my mountain travels over glaciers for many years, I am still in awe of the colours that one finds – and these images show that extraordinary palette of colours. Beautiful work, Adrian

    April 14, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    • Thank you very much Andy! The colours really are very beguiling and fascinating to observe how they change with the light. :-)

      April 14, 2015 at 8:15 pm

  7. WOW…Stunning!

    April 14, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    • Thank you Edith! :-)

      April 14, 2015 at 8:15 pm

  8. Wonderful! It’s a special place; fine photo’s.

    April 14, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    • Thank you Harrie! It is indeed!

      April 14, 2015 at 9:05 pm

  9. MAGNIFICENT! I’m totally envious!

    April 14, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    • Thank you! I hope you get to visit yourself one day. I don’t think you’d be disappointed! :-)

      April 15, 2015 at 5:31 pm

      • No, I’m quite sure I’d never want to leave!

        April 15, 2015 at 5:31 pm

      • :-)

        April 15, 2015 at 5:53 pm

  10. Love the first one, one can sink into the beautiful
    color of the ice :)
    You make such beautiful pictures!
    Thank you for sharing :)

    Tinna ✐

    April 14, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    • Thank you very much for visiting Tinna and thank you for your lovely comment! :-)

      April 15, 2015 at 5:30 pm

  11. So incredible! Your pictures are so very precious! Love especially the first and third pictures.

    April 14, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    • Muito obrigado Isabel! É muito gentil da sua parte dizer! :-)

      April 15, 2015 at 5:29 pm

  12. ice, like jewels in nature.

    April 14, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    • Very much so Bente! Thank you! :-)

      April 15, 2015 at 5:27 pm

  13. The first three photos are totally surreal and very beautiful. A frozen waterfall must be quite a sight to see. :)

    April 15, 2015 at 12:12 am

    • Thank you Sylvia. The waterfalls are lovely in the winter. As for ice on the beach, very strange to see and very beautiful! :-)

      April 15, 2015 at 5:27 pm

  14. Diamonds indeed. What an amazing sight! and very well captured of course :)

    April 15, 2015 at 1:06 am

    • Hi Marina! I hope all is well! Thank you so much. It was an amazing sight to see all that ice littering the beach. Very incongruous somehow! :-)

      April 15, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      • Littering or decorating the beach? ;)

        April 20, 2015 at 9:32 pm

      • Very decorative litter Marina! :-D

        April 21, 2015 at 10:44 am

  15. Rockin’ the casbah with these beauties! ;-)

    April 15, 2015 at 3:05 am

    • Thank you Frank! :-)

      April 15, 2015 at 5:25 pm

  16. The color in that first one is stunning and surreal. Gorgeous.

    April 15, 2015 at 4:04 am

    • Thank you so much Gunta! The colours in the ice were gorgeous!

      April 15, 2015 at 5:24 pm

  17. If Iceland is half as fascinating as your photos we need to visit soon!

    April 15, 2015 at 4:18 am

    • I think you should Carol, I know you’d enjoy it immensely! Thank you! :-)

      April 15, 2015 at 5:24 pm

  18. I just love the light and the tone c’est magnifique! : ))

    April 15, 2015 at 4:56 am

    • Thank you Trees! It’s a fascinating place to visit! :-)

      April 15, 2015 at 5:23 pm

  19. Absolutely Super! Photos are masterpieces as always!

    April 15, 2015 at 6:50 am

    • Thank you very much! You’re too kind! :-)

      April 15, 2015 at 5:23 pm

  20. poppytump

    I love your description of ‘littered’ ChillB as it was EXACTLY so :-)
    Swept down and onto the black sands there, and then constantly moved and rolled by the Atlantic ocean it was a surreal sight . I wonder the time scale for the eventual disintegration of one of these icebergs … some were like craggy ice, others had a distinctly smoothed and dimpled appearance …
    Difficult I bet choosing the photos for this post , a wonderful few of the many I’m sure . I do like the fact that a return visit will bring a scene completely different again :-)

    April 15, 2015 at 9:00 am

    • Thank you so much Poppy! Yep, next time we go it’ll be all change. A fresh bunch of icebergs awaiting their fate at the hands of the Atlantic Ocean. I think the sea is comparatively a lot warmer than the land because of the Gulf Stream so I suppose the ice would melt quite quickly. Can’t wait ’til next time.. :-)

      April 15, 2015 at 5:22 pm

  21. I bow myself to the dust. Wordless compliment <3 :-)

    April 15, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    • Thank you Hanna! :-)

      April 15, 2015 at 5:20 pm

  22. Great shots Adrian……great lumps of ice sitting on a beach with roaring waves in the background, make for some surreal and almost Sc-Fi in nature images…..except they are from good old planet earth.

    April 15, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    • Thank you Mark! Lumps of ice on a beach? It is as you say, surreal, so incongruous but makes for some great photo ops! :-)

      April 15, 2015 at 7:49 pm

  23. has got great impact :)

    April 17, 2015 at 7:42 am

    • Thank you Joshi! :)

      April 17, 2015 at 6:38 pm

  24. Magnificent!! And that black sand beach is amazing!

    April 19, 2015 at 1:35 am

    • Thank you Stacy. The black sand really does take some getting used to but it photographs brilliantly! :-)

      April 20, 2015 at 6:14 pm

  25. It’s so beautiful, almost unreal.. Thanks Adrian, for the reminder what an awesome world we live in..! Great photographs. :)

    April 19, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    • Thank you Camilla! It’s such a pleasure to be able to photograph such beauty. We really need to look after it and not let the multi-national companies destroy what we have. The damage they are doing all over the world really needs to be stopped but it seems their greed knows no bounds. :-(

      April 20, 2015 at 6:13 pm

  26. Sapphires and emeralds…what a sight, so strangely beautiful, and I’d like the soundtrack, too – the waves pounding in and fizzing out…I wonder, sis you use cut and paste for that Kirk…… place name? :-) Your perseverance – or is it obsessive drive? – is evidenced by the snowstorm shot. After all, you came a long way, so might as well take the photograph. Ooo, you must have been cold!

    April 20, 2015 at 3:47 am

    • Thank you Lynn! This beach was wonderful and I can’t wait to visit again. I guess I am ever so slightly obsessive when it comes to photography. It’s become a passion that takes me away from myself and pretty much everything really. I don’t know what I’d do without it. Several times I had to be reminded to put a coat on, such was my focus on the next picture. Not feeling pain and discomfort when doing something you love is a great motivator to keep going. BTW, yes, I have to admit, the cut and paste facility makes dealing with Icelandic names a lot easier. :-)

      April 20, 2015 at 6:26 pm

  27. The icebergs seem alien. Absolutely fascinating and so very beautiful!

    April 23, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    • Thank you Elena! It was very strange encountering these icebergs on the beach. Not what you expect at all somehow and they seemed so out of place but as you say, so very beautiful!

      April 23, 2015 at 4:39 pm

  28. Fantastic images of a beautiful place, Adrian….

    April 27, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    • Thank you very much Scott! It really was, very beautiful! :-)

      April 27, 2015 at 3:52 pm

  29. Diamond brilliance!

    April 27, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    • A quite unique and very beautiful experience Patti! Thank you! :-)

      April 27, 2015 at 8:14 pm

  30. Really, really like the blue/clear ice.

    . . . as a side note, we’ll be inundated with it soon . . . well, I thought it was clever.

    May 2, 2015 at 2:59 am

    • Thank you Emilio!

      May 2, 2015 at 4:25 pm

  31. Breathtaking!

    May 18, 2015 at 9:10 am

    • Thank you Sonja. I’m off to Jokulasarlon again this morning. It’s different every time I visit! :-)

      May 18, 2015 at 10:33 pm