Sunday, 4 April 2010

Glacier Lake Jökulsárlón

The next stop along the South East Coast was Jökulsárlón, the Glacier Lagoon.
The lagoon is filled with icebergs, which calve off the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier.

In 1932 the Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier reached to the Ring Road, but has been retreating. The lagoon first appeared in 1934, and has grown from 7.9 square kilometre in 1975 to at about 18 square kilometres today because of the heavy melting of the Icelandic glaciers.

The lagoon is about 200 metres deep.

Playing on some stranded icebergs.

Another stranded iceberg.

The icebergs can spend up to 5 years floating in the lagoon before drifting off into the sea.

The kids spent a lot of time breaking ice off the icebergs that had hit the shore and setting them free.

Set the icebergs free.....

Also lots of rocks were thrown in thelagoon, and at the icebergs. We hoped that one day soon the kids would grow out of throwing stones into rivers, beaches, or any other stretch of water.
There was a large bus of english school boys, who all threw rocks into the lagoon as we don't have much hope that our 2 will stop doing it soon!

It was just magnificent.


Banaghaisge said...

Keep going!!! This is a fabulous slide show. Want more please.
When are you getting to the volcano place?
Did you bring a rock home as a souvenir, too? Are there pics of the 'fabulous knitter', too please?
Hugs, xxxx

Kathrin said...

Hej Nicole, your pictures make me thinking of finally scan my photos so I could show you Iceland twenty years before...
Your photos look fabulous!