After we got back to our camper, we drove for a few minutes and reached some smaller parking lots at Jökulsárlón. These ones are located before arriving at the huge and way more touristic ones. We got out of our car and walked towards the lagoon. The first thing we noticed was that this one was way bigger than Fjallsárlon and the water was more clear. While at Fjallsárlon the water was a bit muddy, at Jökulsárlón the water was deep blue and there were tons of huge ice floes floating on the water. Some were pure white, some had this icy and deep blue. We didn’t know before that ice would actually be this blue, we always thought most photos were just edited way too much. While walking along the lagoon, listen to the powerful sounds of ice breaking off from the glacier and falling into the water. It’s breathtaking and gives you an estimation of how powerful nature is once again.
At this moment everything seemed to be perfect and we couldn’t imagine that things would get even better. Inside of the lagoon, we suddenly spotted some wild seals. Luckily, I am always carrying around tons of equipment while being outdoors and quickly changed to my 70-300mm tele lens. I have been able to quickly get some more or less good shots. Sure, they weren’t perfectly sharp and a bit grainy, but I loved them. These big eyes and a shocking look since they probably have noticed us. They swam around and it appeared as they have played with each other. Some moments they swam away, out of the lagoon and we couldn’t spot them again. It never fails to amaze seeing animals in their natural habitat.
After going back to our camper we drove to the big parking lot, prepared a coffee and drank it with an amazing view.
We then walked around at the beach where small pieces of ice, that were pushed out of the lagoon, are all over the black sand beach. This place was heaven for photography! Contrasts everywhere with white ice on the black sand beach. Suddenly, a first decent but then quite dense fog covered the place while some strong sun rays managed their way through the cloud cover. It felt like we were in heaven. Sounds a bit overstated? Have a look at the gallery below then.
If you have enough time, you should do it as we did and walk along the lagoon for a while. It’s a breathtaking experience, I promise!