Three nights and days at the Glacier Lagoon

September 29, 2014  •  1 Comment

Some of you have been at the Glacier Lagoon, Jökulsárlón in South Iceland or at least heard of this magnificent place from a friend. I am fortunate enough to live in Iceland and being able to visit the Lagoon several times a year, and one of those trips was in mid September. I was touring with a good friend of mine and photographer, Glen Campbell from Scotland, and a group of photographer from all over the world. The group was staying at a hotel near Skaftafell for three nights and we could visit the lagoon frequently at all hours, for sunrise, sunset and northern lights. Here are a few of the photos I captured on this journey, Enjoy and share with your friends :)


The morning light is creeping in, the sun is bathing the Öræfajökull glacier with it's rays early in the morning. The tide was high this morning and all the ice was gathered near the exit of the Lagoon, waiting for the tide to go out again.

Jökulsárlón-140912_MG_1179Jökulsárlón sunrise The weather was calm and still at 06:30 in the morning and the other tourists have not yet arrived at the lagoon.

Jökulsárlón-140906_MG_0751Jökulsárlón-140906_MG_0751 Arriving again at the Lagoon at 20:00 the sun was setting and the orange light was appearing in the west. Now the tide was going out and the Ice cubes were waiting their turn to flow down to sea.

Jökulsárlón-140906_MG_0771Jökulsárlón-140906_MG_0771 Heading down to the beach and now there were a few ice cubes there also.

Jökulsárlón-140906_MG_0785-EditJökulsárlón-140906_MG_0785-Edit The final shoot of the night. No more words needed for that one.

Jökulsárlón beach-140912_MG_1255Jökulsárlón beach-140912_MG_1255 The next day it was raining at the Lagoon, but the sun was trying to break through the mist and clouds. Short stop here now and heading east.

Jökulsárlón-140913_MG_1907Jökulsárlón-140913_MG_1907 Another sunset at the Lagoon in calm weather and almost clear sky this time. 

Jökulsárlón-140913_MG_1920Jökulsárlón-140913_MG_1920 After the sunset I noticed that glow in the north, and I figured that it must have been the glow from the Volcano in Holuhraun, north of Vatnajökull glacier. 

Jökulsárlón-140913_MG_1935Jökulsárlón-140913_MG_1935 Later, when it was getting darker the glow came to be more visible, casting an orange reflection on the lagoon. There was also a faint green glow on the north sky and some purple Aurora showing up above the Volcanic glow.


Turning the other way the Milky way was rising over the Lagoon.

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And finally we got this great Northern lights exhibition!

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Sarah Terry(non-registered)
This is my dream tour for 2016-2017; I was so excited about the photos that I got with you last month there and at the ice cave that I have just upgraded to a new laptop to get the maximum from them! Your images here are extraordinary.
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