Jökulsárlón Revisited..

At this time of year, the sun barely dips below the horizon in Iceland so it doesn’t truly get dark.  Sunset and sunrise are within about four hours of each other and during this time, twilight prevails.  I decided it would be nice to visit Jökulsárlón again at dawn so after just a couple of hours sleep, we set off from Höfn for the hour-long drive.  My previous visit to this glacial lagoon was a couple of months ago and you can see details of that visit here and here.

Despite there being much less ice in the lagoon itself this time, there was still plenty of ice on the beach as you can see from the pictures.  I was doing very well at keeping clear of the waves until the wave in the first picture surged ashore.  To say the water was cold is an understatement.  I’ve been soaked many times taking pictures on the beaches around Cornwall.  This particular soaking is one I’ll remember for a long time.  For the next few hours, I drove the car barefoot whilst my hiking boots and socks dried in front of the heater vents.  Click on the images for a clearer sharper view! :-)

Jokulsarlon, glacial lagoon, Iceland35mm f/7.1 1/100 sec. ISO-100

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87 responses

  1. Amazing photos, Adrian.

    May 24, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    • Thank you Emilio. It’s a place all visitors to Iceland should see. It really is quite something.

      May 24, 2015 at 6:10 pm

  2. Really want to witness this one day… awesome photos!

    May 24, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    • Thank you very much! I hope you do! :-)

      May 24, 2015 at 6:11 pm

  3. Sue

    Wow! This is seriously other-worldly, Adrian! Great images, as ever ….

    May 24, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    • Thank you Sue. It is strange to see the beach, black sand and all, littered with these icy jewels. Great to photograph!

      May 24, 2015 at 6:29 pm

      • Sue

        I bet!

        May 24, 2015 at 6:47 pm

      • :-)

        May 24, 2015 at 7:09 pm

  4. Impossible to pick a favourite!

    May 24, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    • Thanks Patti! :-)

      May 24, 2015 at 7:09 pm

  5. goethalsart

    These are GREAT captures.

    May 24, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    • Thank you very much! :-)

      May 24, 2015 at 7:16 pm

  6. These images are truly beautiful! My favourites are the first, the third and the fourth : ) Thanks for sharing.

    May 24, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    • Thank you very much and thanks for visiting! :-)

      May 24, 2015 at 7:27 pm

  7. Stunning Adrian – my favourite is #2 with the light catching the ice on the beach and that gorgeous sunrise, the dark clouds, the posts marching on the left-hand side (what are those posts?) as if we were in the ‘War of the Worlds’ – I just love the composition of this one!

    May 24, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    • Thank you Jude! The posts are electricity Pylons. They basically follows the coast around Iceland and can be infuriating sometimes as I’m sure whoever decided where the pylons should go, was not a photographer. However, sometimes they add a little extra to a picture.

      May 24, 2015 at 7:44 pm

  8. Beautiful. I can really feel the drama in your photos!

    May 24, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    • Thank you Mike! That’s a great compliment! :-) Oh and thanks for the reblog..

      May 24, 2015 at 8:22 pm

  9. Fantastic, dramatic and gorgeous, Adrian. The waves breaking with the ice is amazing. Great set.

    May 24, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    • Thank you very much Jane! It’s quite a sight and to see it at dawn in that lovely light was a real treat!

      May 25, 2015 at 7:47 am

  10. Magnificient

    May 24, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    • Thank you Lou! :-)

      May 25, 2015 at 7:47 am

  11. Thank you so much for sharing the eminent beautiful scenarios of the Icelandic nature and thank you for sharing your photographic knowledge with us <3

    May 24, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    • You’re very welcome Hanna! Thank you for your visit and your lovely comment! :-)

      May 25, 2015 at 7:47 am

  12. These pics are achingly beautiful……love the colours the clarity the composition …. lucky you got ‘splashed’ towards the end??!

    May 24, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    • Thank you Therese! It was fortunate I’d got most of my pictures before getting wet. With temperatures around -2°c and a strong wind blowing, it was decidedly uncomfortable! :-)

      May 25, 2015 at 7:50 am

  13. Amazing photos!!!

    May 24, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    • Thank you Norma! :-)

      May 25, 2015 at 7:50 am

  14. leecleland

    Worth the getting wet and cold for, these are stunning as usual Adrian but I’ve never seen waves with icebergs before, so very different. I’m snug and warm of course and having never seen a glacier have no concept of the cold :)

    May 25, 2015 at 12:18 am

    • Thank you Lee! I think on balance it certainly was worth getting wet for. It must be strange living where you do and looking at pictures like these. Perhaps you’ll get to visit one day. I can handle the cold much better than I could handle the heat that you endure in the summer months. :-)

      May 25, 2015 at 7:52 am

  15. Stunning photos…all of them!

    May 25, 2015 at 3:11 am

    • Thank you very much! :-)

      May 25, 2015 at 7:52 am

  16. Utterly stupendous stuff, Chilli.

    May 25, 2015 at 3:25 am

    • Thank you Gunta! :-)

      May 25, 2015 at 7:53 am

  17. What glorious captures – you were so lucky to be able to go back! This would have to be one of my most favourite areas of Iceland. We had hoped to visit Höfn and Jökulsárlón one last time also before we returned to Australia but instead of driving the regular coastal route we went “inland”. In hindsight rather a foolish idea given in was January, those roads weren’t cleared and my husband thought 4WDs far more powerful then they actually are. After four hours of sitting in a snow drift we were finally dragged out and with the sun already setting all we could do was drive the hour-and-a-half home and dream of “next time”…

    May 25, 2015 at 4:45 am

    • Thank you Joanne. I’m so sorry you missed out on a return trip. It can’t have been fun to be stuck in a snow drift for four hours. Most of the 4x4s offered to tourists for hire are SUVs, road cars with a 4×4 label and they really are not up to the task of an Icelandic winter. That said, to tackle mountain roads in winter takes a specialist vehicle, jacked up and with very large wheels to deal with the depth of snow likely to be encountered. I hope next time isn’t too far in the future for you! :-)

      May 25, 2015 at 7:46 am

      • At the time we thought we were coming back for another three-year project in three years. It’s now coming up to eight years with the project there now squashed. Oh well, never say never, we shall return for sure… one day! :)

        May 25, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      • I hope so Joanne. What sort of project were you involved with?

        May 25, 2015 at 5:38 pm

      • Aluminium Smelter of all things!

        May 25, 2015 at 5:48 pm

      • Sounds interesting! :-)

        May 25, 2015 at 6:11 pm

      • Has us living and traveling the world so can’t complain! :)

        May 25, 2015 at 7:11 pm

      • Sounds good to me Joanne! :-)

        May 25, 2015 at 7:49 pm

  18. The light in that second image is mind-blowing, Adrian. I hope the camera stayed dry. I can see an ‘F’ based on your Icelandic images not far off – you are producing some exceptional work (you’ll know what I mean, I’m sure). Well done.

    May 25, 2015 at 8:02 am

    • Wow! Thank you Andy! That’s quite a compliment. Perhaps next year I might think about a panel.. I’ve another trip planned in the autumn. :-)

      May 25, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      • With another trip in mind, I would look through the images you have and see what might fit into a panel and what the ‘gaps’ are, or what might need need re-shooting. I’ve been very impressed with the two shoots of this place Jok…..etc.

        May 25, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      • Thank you Andy. I have to say it’s the panelling I struggle with and with straight landscape work being so unfashionable it seems I wonder how well it would be received. I can only try. I’d certainly attend an advisory day beforehand. I really appreciate your feedback, means a lot!

        May 25, 2015 at 7:49 pm

  19. Fantastic photos! We went to Iceland a few weeks ago, but thought this was too far to drive, next time we are most definitely going:)

    May 25, 2015 at 8:18 am

    • Thank you very much. It is quite a long drive from Reykjavik that’s for sure but definitely worth doing! :-)

      May 25, 2015 at 1:59 pm

  20. That top picture is just magnificent. A beautiful set of photographs. I suppose it’s worth getting your feet we, Chillbrook. Enjoying your work.

    May 25, 2015 at 8:34 am

    • Thank you so much Shimon. On balance, definitely worth getting my feet wet. Your comment means an awful lot, thank you.

      May 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm

  21. Lots and lots of beautiful light to take shots :)

    May 25, 2015 at 9:41 am

    • It was pretty special at that time of day Philipp, thank you.

      May 25, 2015 at 2:01 pm

  22. Stunning selection. Now that’s really ice blue if ever I saw it :-)

    May 25, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    • Thank you very much! :-)

      May 25, 2015 at 3:52 pm

  23. These are simply outstanding Adrian but the first image is absolutely magnificent.

    May 25, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    • Thank you so much Edith! :-)

      May 25, 2015 at 5:00 pm

  24. These are beautiful images Adrian……a great reward for getting up so early.

    May 25, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    • Thank you very much Mark. It felt like I was getting up before I’d even gone to bed but it was worth the effort! :-)

      May 25, 2015 at 5:38 pm

  25. You’re making certain locations in Iceland your own now, doing such beautiful work. I think all the years photographing the Cornwall coast have put you in position to get right into all the moods of this location, and others in Iceland. I love the way you incorporated the electrical towers. (ah, but I really would have liked a quick pic of the barefoot on the pedal and the shoes & socks air-drying…)

    May 25, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    • Thank you Lynn. Such a lovely comment. Thinking about it, I wish I had taken a snap of my socks hanging from the air vents drying! Thankfully, with the heater up full and the fans blowing as fast as they would go, my socks and boots were dry by the time I reached the next location. :-)

      May 25, 2015 at 6:16 pm

  26. What a gloriously beautiful place Adrian. Your photos make one want to visit immediately – but WAY too cold for me. I’m living vicariously through you!

    May 25, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    • Thank you very much Tina! It was a bit chilly!

      May 26, 2015 at 7:03 am

  27. So good photography, amazing, Adrian.

    May 25, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    • Thank you Bente! :-)

      May 26, 2015 at 7:03 am

  28. These shots are amazing but the sea looks so rough, this is quite impressive. It was worth getting wet when you see the results, I just hope you won’t get sick :-) This is a very special place to me, because my boyfriend proposed to me in front of this lagoon, a bit out of the way. It was end of afternoon, in the middle of August, and the light was gorgeous :-)

    May 26, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    • How lovely Gin! Yes it certainly would become a very special place to you under those circumstances. I can’t claim any such romantic connections other than I love Jökulsárlón very much. The sea was very rough and very cold but I seem to have survived the incident. :-)

      May 26, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      • Good to know you’ve survived ! :-)

        May 26, 2015 at 9:14 pm

      • Yep, definitely still here! ;-)

        May 26, 2015 at 10:24 pm

  29. Incredible images, Adrian. I love those icy, turquoise jewels. Stunning.

    May 26, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    • Thank you Karen. It’s a pretty remarkable place to visit! :-)

      May 26, 2015 at 5:12 pm

  30. I’m so glad you could bring those back for us, Adrian…or send them back, or out there wherever we are. :) So very pretty…..

    May 27, 2015 at 2:25 am

    • Thank you very much Scott! :-)

      May 27, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      • Most welcome, Adrian. :)

        May 28, 2015 at 1:32 pm

  31. I can’t get over the “frozen” waves. Nothing less than amazing. Superb!

    May 27, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    • Thank you Elena. It is quite a unique place to visit! :-)

      May 27, 2015 at 3:21 pm

  32. Each image is more beautiful than the next Adrian! Pure beauty!

    May 27, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    • Thank you so much Robyn! :-)

      May 27, 2015 at 3:54 pm

  33. I love how the picture shows the movement of the waves. In some photos it looks like the waves are coming for you! I also like how some of the icebergs pop out in the photos. Your pictures over all are gorgeous.

    May 30, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    • Thank you so much. I appreciate your comments very much!

      May 31, 2015 at 4:10 pm

  34. Stunning – and well worth chilly feet :) I love the contrast between the high drama of your first images and tranquility of the last two.

    May 31, 2015 at 11:19 am

    • Thank you Noeline. I always love to be on a beach. This one is really quite special! :-)

      May 31, 2015 at 4:10 pm

  35. Spectacular images!

    May 31, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    • Thank you John!

      May 31, 2015 at 4:10 pm

  36. Stunning location, stunning photographs!

    June 18, 2015 at 9:43 am

    • Thank you Sonja! One of my favourite places! :-)

      June 18, 2015 at 12:05 pm

  37. Stunning clicks

    February 23, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    • Much appreciated, thank you!

      February 23, 2016 at 7:57 pm