Jökulsárlón

Okay, there are probably going to be a crazy amount of pictures in this post, because Iceland was outstandingly beautiful! When we woke up on our second day, the rain had stopped and the sun had come out…well,there was some intermittent rain, but nothing like the deluge from the day before.  We drove towards south east Iceland…I drifted off to sleep and when I woke up we had stopped here.

 

Like something out of a movie

 

And looking the other way

 

Our destination was Jokulsarlon, a glacial lagoon that we knew would be stunning, but what we hadn’t realised was what amazing scenery we would see on the drive.  Just a sampling of the four and a half hour journey…

 

Putting our rocks on the pile for good luck

 

Just like all the other people did!

 

Icelandic ponies

 

Lava covered with moss

 

Just a glacier…casually visible as we drove by

 

Wreckage from when the river took out the bridge

 

We arrived at Jokusarlon,  a glacial lagoon that comes off the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier and empties into a river which feeds into the ocean. Bits of ice break off into the river and head down to the ocean, where you can still see them on the beach.  Some pictures of this stunning place:

First viewpoint

 

The lagoon

 

Caught in a rainshower by the lagoon

 

Light shining through the ice

 

At the beach

 

Balanced on ice

 

Ice floating down the river

 

We drove about 25 km further and stayed in a great hostel that night. I snuck outside at 1am to look for the Northern Lights but sadly it was too cloudy.  The next morning, we retraced out steps and stopped along the way to investigate a road we thought might lead to a glacier. It did, and we were the only ones there – it was incredible.

 

At our private glacier

 

Just a little hike from the carpark

 

We also spotted some “interesting” tourist driving! Not sure whether to drive on the left or right?  Try going straight down the middle!

 

Tourist drivers

 

After a long drive in our rental car (incidentally also a Ford Focus but a lot newer and nicer than the Red Devil! We called him Blue Lightning) we arrived at the Blue Lagoon, an amazing thermal pool. We spent hours here putting thermal mud on our faces, checking out the steam room, sauna and of course the vast hot pools.  It was a totally relaxing end to our brief stopover – especially as we had to get up at 4am the next morning to catch our flight to London.

 

The Blue Lagoon – it got way less crowded later!

 

Reuben leaping into the lagoon

 

Loving it!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. hayley says:

    Beautiful! (I love how you guys name your cars too 🙂

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  2. Kate says:

    Oh wow, those are some amazing pictures! I love the ones with the ice.

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  3. Mum Bunn says:

    Amazing, inspiring photos. I want to go there at once!!

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