Jökulsárlón Lagoon is truly an ice land

Jökulsárlón Lagoon is a young lake, it did not begin to form until 1933 when Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier started to recede. The lagoon has grown to almost 30 km2 and is the deepest lake in the country, nearly 300 meters deep at its deepest. What makes the Jökulsárlón Lagoon special by Icelandic standards is the rich wildlife, but both herring and capelin can be found in the lagoon. The fish is then followed by seals and seabirds such as arctic terns, eider ducks, barnacle geese, cormorant and gulls, which is pictured here resting shortly before midnight. Jökulsárlón Lagoon is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the country, as it is just over 350 km / 220 mi from the capital.

Austur-Skaftafellssýsla 05/07/2021 22:59 200-600mm

Text and photograph Páll Stefánsson