The Staggering Beauty of Iceland’s Glacier Lagoon



Image: Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson

Cloudy skies over Jökulsárlón

Even in a country well known for its astounding natural beauty, Jökulsárlón stands out. The combination of majestic floating icebergs, the giant icy blue lagoon, the contrasting black of the sandy shore and the soaring dome of the nearby Vatnajökull ice cap is so breathtaking, it hardly seems real.

It’s no wonder this amazing lagoon is one of Iceland’s most popular natural wonders. Jökulsárlón’s hypnotic beauty draws tourists, photographers and film crews alike to its shores. It has been featured in advertisements, movies, and even on a postage stamp – not to mention, of course, countless computer wallpapers across the world.


Image: Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson

Sunset over Jökulsárlón

It hardly comes as a surprise that such stunning locations as the Jökulsárlón lagoon and the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier from which it springs have provided the backdrop for a number of memorable scenes in popular movies. These include the Bond films A View to a Kill and Die Another Day, as well as Batman Begins, Beowulf and Grendel and Tomb Raider. These movies, along with various commercials, have helped bring the world’s attention to this amazing place. And no wonder! As you can see from these photographs, there’s really nowhere else quite like it on Earth.

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