Wednesday, 7 December 2016
Iceland holiday - We travelled along the south coast as far as the Jökulsárlón area. This is a large glacial lake, very famous - it has appeared in several movies - and very spectacular. It is formed where ice breaks off the Breidamerkurjökull glacier and floats around in the lagoon before drifting out to sea as it melts. The ice forms fabulous shapes and has a wonderful variety of colours and textures, which all makes it an incredibly photogenic place, though I found taking good photos to be quite a challenge. It looks very different in different weather conditions. We were lucky enough one day to catch some sun which really made the ice sparkle. The second day was duller but that makes the ice look more blue. Fascinating. Sadly, as I mentioned yesterday, the Icelandic glaciers are all retreating really fast as our climate warms. The area of the lagoon has more than doubled in size since 1975.
We were lucky enough to see another wonderful show of the Northern Lights over the ice lagoon too, so it was very memorable.