Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon



At the eastern boundary of Öræfasveit, on the edge of Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, is one of the most majestic spectacles in Icelandic nature and one of the best-known and most popular sightseeing attractions in the country: Jökulsárlón lagoon. Renowned for its unique interplay of coloured light and icebergs, the lagoon is only about 100 years old and has expanded so fast that it now poses a threat to the Ring Road which skirts the coast where it drains into the sea. This could be a difficult obstacle to overcome even if the glacier recedes, because beneath the ice is a fjord some 300 m deep. The lagoon is only the outermost edge of this subglacial fjord which  reaches 20 km inland.

Boat cruises can be taken on the lagoon to sail among the icebergs that continuously calve from the glacier. Jökulsárlón is a perennial favourite with photographers and film makers. Many films and commercials have been shot on location there, including James Bond: A View To A Kill (1985) and Tomb  Raider (2001).  


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