Fifty shades of green: The Vatnajökull Glacier and its glacial lakes. | Encaustichris

Fifty shades of green: The Vatnajökull Glacier and its glacial lakes.

The Vatnajökull glacier is by far the largest glacier found in Iceland.

With its 14,000 square kilometers, she covers much of the southwest of the island.

You'll find the glacier about a five-hour drive from Reykjavik (in summer)!).

As with any glacier, the Vatnajökull also melts, and this has resulted in several lakes that can be found at its foot.

In this photoblog I would like to introduce you to two of the lakes: Hoffelsjökull and Jökulsárlón.

Hoffelsjökull

A small but beautiful glacier lake.

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In the photo above, you can see a small piece of the Vatnajókull glacier, actually from one of the foothills, which come out in the Hoffelsjökull Lake.

The lake is north of Höfn (pronounced: Hob), on road number 984.

At the end of this road you will also find a hotpot, a natural spring heated bath, as you will find many in Iceland.

When you drive through something, you'll get to the lake. The road is gravel, it is wise to do this with a 4x4 car!

When you're near the lake, you can park your car.

From there you have to up a hill to get to the real lake.

It's worth the climb, the view is beautiful!

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The lake is quite large, and at the time we were there, several ice floes drifted into the lake.

Please note: depending on the temperature, the lake can also be completely smooth.

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The ice in the lake is not neat white, on the contrary: it is often gray and even black.


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One particular ice floe caught my attention.

That shape!

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The glacier tongue is clearly visible.

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The fact that a glacier lake can be a dangerous area is made clear with signs:

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Fortunately, the area of the lake was easy to pass for us, and I didn't slump into the sand at this lake (where then? You read that here .)

I especially enjoyed the sound of the little ice chunks that swell on the water in this lake.

My phone then only recorded sound with a video, so: sound on.

Jökulsarlon

One of Iceland's most famous glacial lakes.

When you follow the road number 1 (the ring road) of Iceland towards the east, you will reach Jókulsárlón, Iceland's most famous glacial lake after about five hours.

Jökulsárlón is also the largest and deepest glacial lake in Iceland.

The lake is about 23 square kilometres in size and nearly 250 metres deep.

It has grown so big in your 30s of the last century, by melting the glacier.

Consequence: a tourist attraction was born.

Nowadays, on road 1 you'll find a large (free time of writing) parking, from where you can easily walk to the glacier lake.

Boat trips can be enjoyed on the lake, and you can hike there.

Take into account a stone beach, which is rather irregular. I recommend mountain boots.


The glacial lake is so popular because of the various icebergs that float there: chipped pieces of glacier.

Those icebergs are melting further in the lake, and now float to sea.

I surrender the image to the lake.

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Jökulsárlón is different every day, due to the ever-breaking glacier chunks, and floating ice.

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That ice cream is beautiful to see, and invites you to take many, many photos, as you'll understand.

It also invites a number of people to stand ON the ice floes.

DON'T DO THIS IN GOD'S NAME!!!!!!!

The ice floes float and float towards the sea.

They're also unpredictable and can just tilt, and then you don't get the chance to swim away.!

And even if you wouldn't end up under an ice floe, the water is so cold that you're instantly under cooling.


When we were there, someone was so snugger to stand on an ice floe.

He drifted. He threw his shoes, sweater and long pants on the beach, and he had to go into the cold water.

He made the side but didn't get a warm welcome!


Fortunately, there are many positive things as well: the ice floes are very photogenic:

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The ice floes float to the sea, which is pretty fast, as you can see in the video below:

A little bit from the glacial lake is a beach, where you can often see ice floes, this beach has been nicknamed diamond beach, because of the many ice chunks that often shine in the sun. Come early in the day for that, otherwise they will be melted!

Diamond beach is seen as one of the most photogenic places in the world.

We were late in the day at Diamond beach, which meant that there were not many “diamonds” left to be found, but we also enjoyed the area.

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There are many glacial lakes around Jökulsárlón, and the glacier itself is so huge that you can't miss it.!

In my opinion, the lakes around Jökulsárlón are almost even more beautiful than the largest lake itself, because it is often much quieter there, sometimes even simply quiet.

But: do you come close: don't skip Jökulsárlón! You must have seen it at least once.


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