Another throwback to my trip to the Dolomites last year. I hiked up to the stunning Lago di Sorapis, which has cloudy blue water thanks to the minerals it contains. Unfortunately it was cloudy and started to rain just as I arrived at the lake, but the hike is stunning, with views of the surrounding valleys from the narrow trail.
I spent most of the day hiking in the park – with the weather alternating between sunny and warm, and cold and raining! Typical Icelandic weather… At the end of the day I got back to my car and was heading back to my hotel, when I spotted a small road heading off towards a glacier in the distance. I followed it, and boy was it worth it! At the end of the road – a beautiful view of this glacier with a light blue tinge.
Jökulsárlón Lagoon is on the coast of eastern Iceland. It is a glacial lake, formed by the retreating Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. As icebergs calve off of the glacier, they drop into the lake below. These large chunks of ice gradually melt down until they are small enough to leave the lake, taking the short trip to the Atlantic Ocean. With incoming tides these icebergs are often washed up on the beach, which is also covered in black volcanic sand. The contrast of the ice sitting on the black beach is spectacular, especially with the light from either sunrise or, in this case, sunset. Unfortunately, the glacier is continuing to retreat, and the lake is estimated to have already quadrupled in size since the 1970’s. In the next few decades the lake and beautiful nature that it presents will probably become “just” a new fjord.
The beach with the icebergs is a very popular destination for photographers in Iceland – when I turned up there were several dozen cars and vans parked there already, and the beach was crawling with people with cameras and tripods. The picture makes it seem very peaceful, but unfortunately it wasn’t! I assume sunrise is a little quieter! This picture is a single shot, taken with low ISO and high f/ number for a slow shutter speed (0.6s). This is long enough to get a little bit of blur in the waves washing up on the beach next to the ice.