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Iceland - Jökulsárlón, the lagoon where icebergs are born

One of the most famous and picture perfect sights in Iceland, that has been the scene for James Bond and other movies. Global warming plays a role here, but it is undeniably one of the most beautiful places in Iceland.

This day we really needed sunny weather! And we were not disappointed. After an early breakfast we drove the 34 kilometers to Jökulsárlón. When you read this name, it may not ring a bell, but when you see the picture it will most probably look familiar. For example from the James Bond movies Die Another Day and A View To A Kill.


It is a much visited place, quite far from the cities though. That is why we believed we had to go early and be there before the group tourists would swarm the place. It was the right choice. I am not going to write much here, the pictures will be enough.

Just know that this place would not exist without global warming. 60 years ago, the glacier still ended at the sea. With worldwide glacier detoriation due to rising temperatures, this place is no exception. Icebergs broke off from the glacier, and the end of the glacier has moved more and more inland, by now already 2 kilometers. A very deep blue lagoon started to develop in the deep glacial valley, starting on the side by the sea. With every new large chunks of glacier disappearing, the lagoon keeps growing at an alarming pace. It is already more than two times as big as in 1975. Even the staunchest climate change denier will be convinced after learning and seeing what is happening here. It can't be stopped, but hopefully our ruining of the planet can be slowed down before it is all too late to glaciers worldwide.

Sorry, I think this had to be said. But at the same time, this place is an incredibly beautiful natural wonder by itself. We spent a good part of the day here. Nothing more to tell, for now. Here are the pictures:


Posted by westwind57 19:45 Archived in Iceland Tagged landscapes waterfalls mountains volcanos road_trip horses nature hiking rainbows river sheep glacier lava iceland reykholt jökulsarlon gravel_road dark_skies smyrlabjorg laugarvatn höfn jökulhlaup

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