Iceland – A Penchant for Icebergs

The Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in the South of Iceland with its myriad of icebergs  is a natural wonder and phenomenon that provides landscape photographers with virtually limitless possibilities for photography. Easily accessed from the main Highway One ring road the lagoon is an ever changing landscape filled with icebergs that have carved of Europe’s largest glacier – the Vatnajokull Glacier. There is a real peacefulness and feeling of serenity at the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. The silence is often broken only by the squawk of  native sea birds or the occasional iceberg rolling over. It is an incredibly beautiful place.

I spent quite a few days in this area of Iceland visiting at all hours of the day and night. As the lagoon is so dynamic it changes daily and can be packed or virtually empty of icebergs. Frequent visits often yield very different results and its easy to spend hours lost in ones photography wandering the banks of the lagoon seeking out different shaped icebergs, different textures and different compositions.

During one evenings photography our group was slowly making our way along the bank of the lagoon around 11pm taking photographs of the many icebergs in beautiful soft overcast light. This iceberg, lit from underneath and shaped like half a clam shell was reflected in the near perfectly still waters and is one of my favourites from this area. In this small web jpeg you can just see the distant Vatnajokull glacier in the mist.