Thursday, 22 May 2014

Iceland 20: Jokulsarlon (part two)

Just when you thought it was safe to get back into the lagoon, another set of pictures from Jokulsarlon appears.  As if out of nowhere...

I promised some pictures of the Jokulsarlon "boat", and here it is.  The first shot is actually of a real boat (a Zodiac) which appeared to belong to the "Park Ranger" equivalents.  The great unwashed paid their Icelandic Krona (lots) and went out in a strange amphibious vehicle to get a closer view of the bergs.  It's not clear what advantage this has over watching quietly from the shore, but each to their own.

A couple of final pictures showing the small minority of souls who were prepared to get off their backsides and walk more than a hundred yards from the car park.  Well, everyone else's loss was our gain, as we pretty well had most of the lagoon to ourselves.

After looking at the lagoon we crossed the road and went down to the beach.  Because it was Summer there were very few bergs on the beach, and those which were there were very small.  Instead we looked at the birds (mainly Arctic Terns, but also a couple of Bonxies) and some seals which occasionally appeared in the water rushing out of the lagoon.  A very beautiful location, and one which we won't forget in a hurry.

What a day, and it still wasn't finished yet.  There were many more kilometres to drive in order to reach our destination for the night, Kirkjubaejarklaustur.  Watch out for the next enthralling episode.