The glacier lake Jökulsárlón impresses with its numerous "mini icebergs", which float in the water or are washed ashore by the glacier Fjallsjökull like whimsical shimmering figures.
The breathtaking glacial lake Jökulsárlón is located right at the foot of the glacier Fjallsjökull on the south coast of Iceland and is one of our top 10 sights of Iceland. It is the deepest lake in Iceland at 248m and the most famous of several iceberg lakes that form a fascinating Arctic landscape here.
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PICTURES: Glacial lake Jökulsárlón
After the glacier tongues of the Fjallsjökull glacier retreated in the 1930s, leaving behind a bizarre landscape of dark water and bare ice. Broken-off pieces of glacier, often up to 15 meters in size, drift silently in the water.
The magnificent colors of the mini icebergs range from snowy white to bright turquoise and cobalt blue. The silence is only broken now and then by the shrill screech of seagulls flying over the lake. The former glacier landscape is still constantly changing.
If you are lucky, you can "fish" for a piece of glacier ice on the shore. You can hardly get enough of this arctic landscape. Even in bad weather it is still a fascinating sight. A sunny time window would of course be optimal, when the sun's rays really make the shimmering ice glow. Sometimes in Jökulsarion you can also meet seals cavorting among the ice chunks.
World of contrasts - icebergs on lava beach
If you can finally tear yourself away from this dazzling sight of Jökulsárlón, then you should definitely pay a visit to the one black lava sand beach. At low tide, the "small" icebergs from Jökulsárlón are washed under a modern bridge onto the beach, where they become the plaything of the waves. The result of this game could hardly be more bizarre.
The pitch-black sandy beach of solidified lava provides the perfect backdrop for the pieces of ice, which shimmer in every conceivable shade of blue. Like sculptures formed by a masterful hand, the pieces of glacier bob on the water or lie on the beach, gently lapped by the waves. As a visitor, you almost feel honored to witness this unique spectacle of nature. Would you like to take a walk on the beach? Simply overwhelming.
James Bond at the glacier lake Jökulsárlón
In the 2002 James Bond film "Die Another Day", a film sequence was shot here. For the wild chase on the ice sheet, access to the sea was blocked, causing Jökulsárlón to freeze over completely within 24 hours. The glacier lake Jökulsarlon also formed the backdrop in several other film productions, including "Tomb Raider", "Beowulf and Grendel" and "Batman Begins".
Tip: Right at the parking lot there is information on how to book the boat trips in this unique landscape.