Foto Friday :: Jökulsárlón

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In case you haven’t heard already through Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, I have landed safe and sound back in the land of the maple leaf! The flight back was great with amazing service (as always) from Icelandair. If you’ve never flown with them, I highly recommend it. Their staff are wonderful and super helpful with everything from checking in to asking questions about Icelandic logistics – like where to buy food at 10pm on a Saturday. You can incorporate a stopover in Iceland into your airfare at no extra charge, as I’ve done twice now. They’ve also been expanding like crazy into Canada and the USA, meaning more chances for us North American folk to take a peek at the surreal beauty this Nordic country has to offer!

To give you a teaser for my upcoming post(s) on Iceland, here’s a glimpse at the beautiful glacial lake Jökulsárlón. It’s been a filming spot for many famous movies like Die Another Day and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (sorry, no Game of Thrones filming here – that’s further north!), and once you see these pictures I think you’ll understand why! Located within Vatnajökull National Park, it’s located about 370km (or ~5 hours) from Reykjavik. The icebergs found within Jökulsárlón have fallen from the Vatnajökull glacier, located behind it. You’ll see in the photos that some of the icebergs are white while others are a bright sky blue. These blue icebergs are a lot older, and the colour appears as a result of Raleigh scattering – similar to how the sky gets its blue colour. The lagoon’s size has quadrupled over the last 40 years due to climate change.  However, when you visit the lagoon, make sure to take a look along the black sand beaches on the other side of Route 1. Here you’ll find beautiful icebergs that have been washed ashore as they made their way from the lagoon out to sea. The contrast between the dark sand and crystal-like icebergs is absolutely stunning!

I’ve only explored along the shore, but there are many excursions you can do from boat tours to glacier climbing. I haven’t had a chance to do either of these yet as Iceland has always been a stopover trip, but it’s definitely on my bucket list! No matter how many times I head to Iceland, I know I’ll do my best to make a stop here during my trip. If you have a chance to check it out, it definitely makes my must-see list!

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