Thursday, 10 September 2015

Icebergs at Jokulsarlon Lagoon

It's one of the most iconic of all Iceland's iconic photo locations.  Jokulsarlon lagoon is a 300m deep lake scooped out by one of the many glacial tongues stretching down off of the massive Jokulsarlon icecap. Pieces crack off the main glacier and float at a genteel pace towards the narrow channel that connects it with the sea. At low tide these bergs, some many times the size of a house, get marooned in the channel, only shifting at high tide or when they have been sufficiently mangled down to large truck proportions to flow into the sea.

A quick panorama from a small hill overlooking the lagoon.
Most of the bergs are packed up against the exit to the left.
Seals swim around and under the ice looking for fish brought into the lagoon on the high tide.
Ice on black sand...

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