icebergs on the beach at jökulsárlón & a drive to another edge of breiðamerkurjökull

Sunday, August 21:  After our zodiac boat ride on Jökulsárlón, we walk down the banks of Iceland’s shortest river, the Jökulsá, which carries the icebergs out into the North Atlantic Ocean.  On the way, some of the icebergs come to rest on the black sand beach before melting or heading out to sea.  We take a brief walk among the icebergs that look like misshapen creatures taking naps on the sand.

Glaciers rest on the black sand beach at the river mouth of Jökulsárlón
Glaciers rest on the black sand beach at the river mouth of Jökulsárlón
the river mouth of Jökulsárlón
the river mouth of Jökulsárlón
Mike with the icebergs
Mike with the icebergs
icebergs at the river mouth of Jökulsárlón
icebergs at the river mouth of Jökulsárlón
icebergs on the black sand beach at Jökulsárlón
icebergs on the black sand beach at Jökulsárlón
icebergs on the black sand beach at Jökulsárlón
icebergs on the black sand beach at Jökulsárlón
icebergs on the black sand beach at Jökulsárlón
icebergs on the black sand beach at Jökulsárlón
icebergs on the black sand beach at Jökulsárlón
icebergs on the black sand beach at Jökulsárlón

After our walk along the beach, we head a little further west along the Ring Road to get close to the edges of Breiðamerkurjökull, the glacier offshoot we had seen in the distance from the ice lagoon. What an amazing glacier it is, with its fat fingers reaching from the craggy mountains onto the plain below.

Breiðamerkurjökull
Breiðamerkurjökull
Breiðamerkurjökull
Breiðamerkurjökull
Breiðamerkurjökull
Breiðamerkurjökull
Breiðamerkurjökull
Breiðamerkurjökull
Breiðamerkurjökull
Breiðamerkurjökull

After seeing the glacier, we turn around and head back to the ice lagoon, this time parking on the west side of the river Jökulsá, where we stand on the shore and watch the glaciers drift out to sea.  Some sea otters are playing among the floating glaciers, but sadly I can’t capture any of them with my camera.

icebergs float down the river Jökulsá to the North Atlantic Ocean
icebergs float down the river Jökulsá to the North Atlantic Ocean

We walk across the narrow walkway on the one-lane bridge, where we can stand over the river and watch the icebergs float by beneath us.

the river Jökulsá
the river Jökulsá
the river Jökulsá
the river Jökulsá
the river Jökulsá
the river Jökulsá

Finally, we walk back to the edge of Jökulsárlón one more time for a final view.

last views of Jökulsárlón
last views of Jökulsárlón

Since we’re staying back in the same town where we stayed last night, Höfn, this is the only time we have to backtrack on the Ring Road.  We hop back in the car and head east again, where we’re on the lookout for a sign posted by the Hólmur Guesthouse to an 8km-long gravel access road.  We plan to take that road to a suspension bridge and a walking trail to the Fláajökull Glacier.

 

3 thoughts on “icebergs on the beach at jökulsárlón & a drive to another edge of breiðamerkurjökull

  1. What a weird sight are those icebergs on the beach, Cathy! This post is mesmerisingly beautiful 🙂
    (incidentally, if you’ve missed Gilly’s presence, she’s not well)

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