Olli Thomson
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Jökulsárlón

Jökulsárlón, the glacier lagoon, is stunning. The lake, in south east Iceland around 240 miles from Reykjavik, only formed in the 1930’s as the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier slowly retreated. As the glacier continues to recede the lake continues to grow, now covering nearly seven square miles with a maximum depth of more than 800 feet. Icebergs break off the glacier and float in the lake gradually moving towards the open sea. These icebergs are huge – up to 100 feet tall – and are carved and sculpted into fantastic shapes. Some are a striking luminous blue, others are striated or almost black from the effects of volcanic activity. It’s an incredible place and well worth the five hour journey from Reykjavik.

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