Iceland – a land of huge glaciers and enormous volcanoes. A small island nation in the North Atlantic – and Europe’s least populous country – it is often known, for good reason, as the land of ice and fire.
A land famous for its glacial lakes and ice flows, Roger’s photo was taken at Jökulsárlón, a huge glacial lake in the Skaftafell National Park. In fact, today Jökulsárlón is the deepest such lake in Iceland, as it is expanding slowly as the glacier above it melts. Currently at 6.9 square miles, this enormous lake currently stands just under a mile from the Atlantic ocean; more famously though it is home to many ice flows which have broken off the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier.
Like many sights in Iceland, the true scale and majestic beauty of the lake and its mini-icebergs have to be seen to be believed. Providing breathtaking views of the main ice cap, as well as its ghost like icebergs, the vistas afforded by this glacial lake have been drawing visitors for decades. Having expanded almost four-fold since the 1970s though, the rate of erosion of the glacier has caused unexpected side effects – for example, the Iceland roads authority recently had to build damns around the Glacial River Bridge, in order to stop passing icebergs eroding the bridge’s foundations.
Trips to Iceland are becoming increasingly popular as we learn more about this fascinating Nordic country and its exciting contemporary culture. You can find out more about our Icelandic holidays on the Titan website, and we give our thanks to Roger for sharing his photo with us.