Jökulsárlón is a magical glacial lagoon in south east Iceland between Vatnajökull and the ocean. During the summer icebergs in the lagoon create magnificent formations. It is one of the most touristic sights in Iceland, and a photographers delight. Most tourists visit the lagoon during the day, stay for a couple of hours, some take a boat tour, but rarely spend the whole day in the site.
When I arrived at the lagoon I was immediately captivated by its enchanting sight, and decided to spend the night on its shores. Experiencing Jökulsárlón for more than 24 consecutive hours added an inevitable dimension to the experience – time, and revealed one of its fabulous features – the effect of the tides. It was the first time I witnessed a full cycle of two high tides and two low tides in a day, and their amazing effect on the movement of icebergs.
The following film presents 24 hours of Jökulsárlón, showing the two daily tide cycles. Note how icebergs are carried to the ocean twice a day, during low tides. It also shows the unique fauna of the lake as well as inspiring ice formations.
Here are some photos from Jökulsárlón
Here is a general sight of the glacial lagoon
A long walk along the eastern shores enables a better view to the icecap and the glacier
During the day, we can enjoy the sights of magnificent icebergs detaching from Vatnajökull into the lagoon
During the afternoon number of tourists decreases, and Jökulsárlón becomes calm and tranquil
It is a great time to enjoy the ice formations
Let’s zoom in…
Or zoom out to ice formations with a sunset backdrop
Birds enjoy some quality time
… next day brings charming early morning sights