JÃ¶kulsÃ¡rlÃ³n Glacier Lagoon is located in southern Iceland, 240 miles (370 km) from Reykjavik, outside VatnajÃ¶kull National Park, just off the two-lane ring road that goes all around the island.
I was fascinated by the iceberg's lizard-like shape and deep blue stripes. In winter there are only 6-8 hours between sunrise and sunset, and because the sun never gets very high in the sky, the â€œgolden hoursâ€ seem to last longer than they do elsewhere. Our workshop days began with a leisurely 8 AM breakfast, after which we drove to our sunrise locations. The weather was mostly cloudy, so we had good light almost all day long. After a stop for lunch we continued to our sunset location and then returned to our hotel for dinner. It was an alternately exciting and relaxing experience.
Icebergs calve off the enormous VatnajÃ¶kull glacier linger in the lagoon, slowly melting until they are small enough to pass through a barrier and float out to sea. The tide washes many of them ashore onto the black sand â€œIce Beachâ€, yet another dramatic photo site only a five-minute drive away. The lagoon has a large parking lot, a coffee shop and is open year round. There is no entrance fee.