Jokulsarlon and more waterfalls

 

Yesterday was a very, very long day (15 hours).  After touring around today, it was bedtime because today’s wake-up call was 4:30am.  I’m flying to Helsinki, Finland as we speak.

Today was the coolest!  If you only are in Iceland for one day go to Jokulsarlon (Glacier Lagoon) and skip the rest.

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The Glacier Lagoon was in Batman Begins, 2 James Bond movies (A View to Kill?, and Die Another Day), and one of the Tomb Raiders.

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The Glacier Lagoon was formed by part of the Breidamerkurjokull Glacier breaking off and melting.  It combines with the high tide from the ocean so the water is 50% fresh, 50% salt water.  The ice from the glacier that is currently breaking off is about 1000 years old.  I have no clue how they figure that out but somehow they know.  The black stuff is mostly soil, rocks, and some volcanic ash from eruptions long ago.

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This is the glacier itself- not as pretty because it looks all dirty.  The biggest icecap in Europe is in the background- Vatnajokull. It covers about 10% of Iceland and has at least one active volcano underneath.

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We got on a boat and wandered through all the icebergs. I saw this one and thought of Titanic.  Apparently we came on a good day.  Everyday the icebergs change, some days they are bigger/smaller, more/less.  We came when there were tons of huge ones.

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Some were very blue!

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View from the top of the hill.

Okay, one more Glacier Lake picture then we will move on.

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Glacier Lake was definitely the neatest thing I’ve seen in a long time.  Highly recommended!!!

Before and after Glacier Lake we went on a waterfall finding spree.

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Skogafoss

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Random waterfall on the side of the road.

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Rainbow + Seljalandsfoss

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Me under Seljalandsfoss.  It is going to be much more exciting to have my cute niece and nephew in pictures instead of me in my Orioles sweatshirt 🙂

I’m now off to Finland to hitch a ride to St. Petersburg, Russia.

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7 Responses

  1. Sherry says:

    Iceland wasn’t impressive until now!

  2. Megan says:

    Ok well this day of pics looked alot like Alaska to me. Well except the waterfalls, not as many cool waterfalls in AK- or not really any at all there. I thought Iceland looked very interesting. Caden was very excited to look at your pics.

  3. Lesley Christensen says:

    I need to go here!! My fav so far!

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