Vatnajokull Glacier

Vatnajokull Glacier is the largest glacier in Europe.  It has been receding at a rate of 100 meters per year.  Because of this, large chunks of ice – small icebergs – are constantly breaking off the leading edge of the glacier and are drawn out to sea.  Today we had the chance to explore the terminal lake, Jokulsarlon, where these bergs float around until heading out to sea.  We spent two hours in zodiac boats cruising amongst the ice.

From the zodiac looking back up toward the glacier.  I find a lot of the shots from today look so much more dramatic in black and white.

It’s easy to get up close with a lot of the ice from the boats.  Interesting views, for sure.

One of the local residents sunning on the ice.

Sun was out today!  Beautiful warm day today.  We have been so lucky with the weather so far!!

Once the ice escapes the lagoon, it makes it’s way toward the sea.  There, the surf pushes them back toward the shoreline where many wash up or ground themselves.  The beach is littered with all shapes and sizes of ice chunks for almost a  kilometer.  This is a long exposure shot showing the water flowing around some of this ice.

An incredible day!

This entry was posted in Iceland, Landscape, Traveling.

One Comment

  1. steve hirsch October 10, 2014 at 5:32 pm #


    Seems like a great day! I just love the last one.

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