In Iceland: Svínafellsjökull

I have seen people go on glacier walks and I just thought it would be an amazing thing to do but it is very pricy and I just don’t have the money. So this trip I wanted to touch a glacier, not get on one, just put my hand on it’s amazingness.PhoebeGill150916239panoSide note, never get on a glacier if you don’t have a guide. Glaciers are incredible but they are also dangerous. There is a memorial to two people who never made it back as you are walking on the path down to this glacier, remember them if you think about going on to one.PhoebeGill150916778Vatnajökull is the the biggest glacier on the island and it branches down over so many mountains it’s pretty unbelievable. So I was driving along the south coast of Iceland and looking at all the glaciers around me, so much beauty in one drive!PhoebeGill150916113I pulled into a rest stop and saw the symbol for a tourist attraction down a unnamed road. You can drive this in a two wheel drive, I had a van with three cracks in the window and the sheet metal would shudder and sound like thunder if I drove over bumps quickly so I drove very slowly.PhoebeGill150916817I parked up and walked to the site and it was just absolutely incredible. Glaciers have to be the most beautiful natural thing. Compacted ice and that gorgeous soft blue colour, it was just simply stunning.PhoebeGill150916930I sat there for a good while listening to the noise a glacier makes, the creaking and the ice dropping into the water. I could listen to that all day. Although I didn’t get to touch it. I am thrilled that I got to get so close. Like with so many other places in Iceland, I will be back.

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In Iceland: Jökulsárlón and the Iceberg Beach

I tried to drive here in January but it was impossible with the amount of light in Winter and the snow. This time, I was determined to get there, it was the first place on my list. The first place where I was heading.

I arrived at Jökulsárlón at 10pm so it was dark and the only thing I saw were a couple of icebergs illuminated by my headlights. I was knackered so I went to bed and when I woke up I saw the most amazing thing. A huge lagoon full of icebergs. It was amazing.PhoebeGill150916805

This place is incredible. It really is. I can’t wait to go back already! I once again feel like I missed something or I didn’t take enough photos of it. (I’m sure I did but I love going back anywhere in Iceland)PhoebeGill150916986

Top Tip:

When you are standing at the shore of the lagoon, the sun will rise behind you so it will be a bit darker early in the morning until the sun fully rises. For the best pictures I recommend around 10am (in September). Although, sunrise on the iceberg beach next to the lagoon is pretty gorgeous!PhoebeGill150916833There weren’t any icebergs close to the shore for me to get close to and try and get scale but when you see chunks of ice break off and float down stream it shows you the scale of these hunks of ice. Watching an iceberg float out to sea is just amazing! Seeing it rock like a boat and then stop. It is just awesome.PhoebeGill150916596I would love to do a boat tour next time. Going through the lagoon would be immense. It’s been a dream of mine to go to Antarctica like my father so maybe it would be like a teeny tiny version of that.PhoebeGill150916987I am so excited I got to see this incredible place. Definitely worth the wait!

Have you been to Jökulsárlón? Is there any place like this that you have been to? 

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