Photographer's Note

The spectacular shapes and sculpted contours of the trapped icebergs at Jökulsárlón make it one of Iceland's most otherworldly sights. On a clear day the vivid turquoise blues, jet blacks and shimmering glassy whites of the ice glisten against a backdrop of mountain peaks and the blinding expanse of Vatnajökull, the world's third largest icecap. The icebergs here calve off Breiđamerkurjökull, a glacial tongue that reaches down to the lagoon where the bergy bits get trapped as they make their way across a shallow river bed out to the open sea. Seals dive and play among the ice and the amphibious boats that take the tourists close to the glacial face, but just standing on the shore, shivering at the sudden drop in temperature, is a breathtaking experience. It's easy to spend several hours here mesmerised by the beauty, and fragility, of nature.

A curiosity from the cinema world: Jökulsárlón is a natural film set. It starred briefly in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), pretending to be Siberia and these amphibious tourist-carrying boats were even painted grey and used as Russian ships (see workshop).

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Additional Photos by Matteo Porta (mporta) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 198 W: 78 N: 620] (3812)
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