Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon is a must see in Iceland

The highlight of the fourth day in Iceland was a trip to Jokulsarlon, the glacial river lagoon that collects all the meltwater from Breiðamerkurjökull glacier before it drifts into the sea. The look of the place is quite otherworldly, with all the bits and piece of glacier (i.e. icebergs) in different shapes and sizes floating on the lagoon.

Jökulsárlón is in southern part of Vatnajökull National Park. 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 about 5 miles away from the ocean's edge and covers an area of about 7 sq miles. It is the deepest lake in Iceland, at over 932 ft. The size of the lake has increased fourfold since the 1970s.

The glacier is directly behind the Jokulsarlon lagoon, and is 3000 ft high. The day we were there, the top of the glacier and the icecap was covered in clouds.

... and all the icebergs in Jokulsarlon flow out to the sea

As the icebergs flow into the sea, they scatter around by the ocean waves, and many of them land on a beach downstream, known as the "Diamond beach".


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