Jökulsárlón Photography - Part Five
Jökulsárlón [or glacial lagoon] is probably the top 'must see' sight that is easily accessible in Iceland. In the 1930's the Breiðamerkurjökull glacial tongue started retreating and it created what is now the huge dug out lagoon. As pieces of the glacier break off they hang out in the lagoon sometimes up to five years where they eventually melt their way down and head out to the sea. It's a great place to sit and watch birds and seals play amongst the icebergs and then head across the road and see whats left of them after the ocean waves batter them around for a bit. Seeing glossy clear ice on a black sand beach is quite unreal [you can see my Jökulsárlón Photography from last year as well].
If you're heading over to see the icebergs there's the obvious pull off next to the Glacial River Bridge [on Hwy 1], but if you're really crafty you'll backtrack south from there and drive into one of the many makeshift pull-offs on the side of the road. Climb over a couple sets of those hills and you'll have a gorgeous view all to yourself sans tour busses. Such an amazing place and so easy to get to. South of there are some improvised roads [no markers] that lead to other even more impressive glacial lagoons, but you'll probably need a 4x4 to make it through some pretty impressively bad conditions. A bridge being destroyed put an end to one road...
A really impressive stretch of the Ring Road. There are massive glaciers around you for hours at some points.
If you're feeling up for adventure and you see what looks like a road, you can take your 4x4 for a spin. If there's no road, it's probably a bad idea [read: you will get stuck especially if you have a junky Suzuki Jimny like us].
...or for more photo goodness see our previous June 2010 Iceland Ring-Road Driving Trip [ 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 ]