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Jökulsárlón, the largest glacier lake in Iceland

Jökulsárlón is possibly one of the most spectacular places in all of Iceland. It is one of the glacial lakes most photographed on the planet, which has given rise to an "icon" on the island and therefore in one of its main flaggers to travel to Iceland. Their Icebergs or the large blocks of ice that dominate its waters are not just a spectacle that makes anyone nervous, theirdusk colors and the transparency of its waters make it something magical, something that can be recorded in your memory for a lifetime.

Jökulsárlón, more than a glacier lake

A little history is not bad

Jökulsárlón It is a glacier lake with not too much life. It is located in the southern part of the Vatnajökull glacier, the largest glacier in Europe, and there is evidence of its appearance in the early twentieth century, specifically in the 30s. At that time with the melting of the glaciers began to appear this picturesque glacier lake, which over the years was growing until reach the 18km2 that it currently has and thus become the deepest lake in Iceland.

Today with climate change and the constant melting of glaciers you can see the icebergs "Camping" at ease, making the lake is constantly moving towards the sea, so there will never be two equal photos.


Jökulsárlón, in real visual spectacle
Jökulsárlón, the largest glacier lake in Iceland

What can we find in Jökulsárlón

In Jökulsárlón the best visit is to be able to walk along the banks of the lake at dusk, when the light highlights the color of the large blocks of ice. In June, the date we visited in Iceland, the sun never sets, so it is possible to take day pictures at 3 in the morning for example, like the ones that come next.


Jökulsárlón, the largest glacier lake in Iceland

Many tourists choose to do some cruise inside the lake, a beautiful experience although the truth in the end you will end up seeing the same things that are seen from the shore. If you want to do the cruise you canbuy tickets passed the bridge on the left if you come from Reykjavik.


Jökulsárlón, in real visual spectacle

Jökulsárlón, a Hollywood stage

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is not only the ideal setting for the photographer or tourist, it is also for many Hollywood producers, as films such as:

  • James Bond Die another day (Die Another Day)
  • James bond Panorama to kill (A View to a Kill)
  • Lara Croft. tomb Raider
  • Batman Begins
  • Beowulf

James Bond Die another day (Die Another Day)
Jökulsárlón

Recommendations for visiting Jökulsárlón

When one arrives atJökulsárlón It's easy to get nervous. We all want to take the best photo or have the best view, but in such a large glacier lake you have to know what places to look for in order to take home the best memory. Before arriving at Jökulsárlón, just before mouth bridge of the glacier lake, there are two parkings on the left by a hill These parking, not very well signposted, are the best points to park and enjoy the best views of Jökulsárlón. Although once parked it seems that you have not yet reached the lake do not worry, after that hill, less than 2 min from the parking lot, you will enjoy one of the most surreal and fantastic scenarios on the planet.


Jökulsárlón and blocks of icebergs

Once on the glacier lake, walk along the shore and enjoy an unforgettable day. If you are late, which is likely, and you travel by motorhome, past the bridge on the right there An ideal beach to spend the night. The noise of the waves and the views will make you spend one of the best nights of your life.

The best place to park and then take the best pictures is next to the two small parking lots on the left before reaching the bridge

To left of the bridge is the main parking and the lake information office and a small place to eat, which by the way closes very soon. It is not the best place to take photos, but to see the hundreds of birds that perch on the icebergs that will flow into the sea.

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