Jokulsarlon


Used for some scenes in the James Bond film ‘die another day’ this is a stunning area of Iceland to visit. The road is fairly long from Reykjavik, but the scenery makes it an easy and beautiful drive. I have been a number of times, once in January I never made it as it took 9 hours driving through blizzard just to get to Vik (about the halfway point).

The stunning icebergs break from the glacial tongue, into a glacial lagoon, and drift out to sea. The lagoon is a mixture of fresh water and seawater. Seals occasionally turn up in the area, but the main wildlife is Eidur ducks, Herring and Salmon.

There is not much to do other than admire the beautiful blue coloured ice sculptures in the lagoon. They are impressive enough is size, despite two thirds of the iceberg being underwater. There is a boat trip that runs at various times in the day, which is the only boat with wheels I have ever seen, you actually drive into the water.

You can follow the river from the lagoon down onto the black volcanic sandy beach, and if your lucky see large blocks of ice crashing in the waves and being washed a shore. The black sand makes a fantastic back drop to the beautiful natural ice sculptures.


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