Hofn this is a very little town of Iceland but they have a very nice harbor, walking around here in the evening is ideal if you like to have photos from the harbor
Also one of the most important harbors for lobster fishing in Iceland and most of the restaurants in town serve lobster dishes as the local specialty
To view the whole thing up close to the glacial lagoon, take the "Amphibious vehicle ", tour runs a bit in the area around, and then dive into the lagoon and float
During the ice floes there is a mysterious kind of serenity, the heavy ice blocks appear to move on the flow in the more slowly
Look like the ice dance , with some hard floes collide with each other and beat off large pieces of each other and when the balance of a huge ice moves during melting , it tumbles to smack , then only a big wave still reflects what happened
The trip with the Amphibious vehicle is a MUST,, the paths around it and on the beach is worth to see The trips with the Amphibious vehicles are from late "April to late November" and in high season leaves every half hour
The tours take about 40 minutes
On the Southwest coast of Iceland, is the largest glacier lake in the country, this famous location called Jokulsarlon (glacier lagoon) the lagoon covers an area of slightly less than 20 square kilometers and is the deepest point about 248 meters deep (the deepest lake in Iceland) and is separated by an isthmus of the ocean
Spectacular is that large chunks of ice floating in the melt water reservoir, these are pieces of ice from the glacier tongue Breidamerkurjokull, which is an offshoot of the Vatnajokull glacier and whose border is about four kilometers from the coast
Other ice are bright shimmering like a diamond sometimes they have a milky white or ice blue color and sometimes they are even green they together form a wonderful landscape in the blue-green waters of the lagoon
It is so beautiful that it's really hard to describe in words, will be only few places in the world can view something like this even though this just a small glacier pool, setting in front of the lake while listen to the ice cracking and watch the block ice floating
Fjallsarlon Breidarlon were slightly less spectacular but still worth a stop before heading to the biggest glacial pool
Therefore surprisingly that everyone's higher plateau or peak is adorned with a glacier, or at least with some hefty snowfields
A fun ride to the top of the glacier on a road(dirt path) that offers great view of the valley ,the coastal plains leading to the ocean.The road (37 miles 60 kilometers) for super jeeps and 4 wheel drive only .Once on top of the mountain the view is great.It is a short walk to the glacier (5-10 minute) and the snowmobiles.All safety helmet and insulated overall are provided.It is best to where your own hiking boots here the boot they give you do not keep your feet warm.The snow mobiles are all fairly new and in good condition.When you ride you must follow the guide or they pull the key out and your ride will be over,there are many deep crevasses and pools of water witch you could drive into.Overall this was a fun trip
A unique scenic 40 minute boat tour around the lagoon.The lagoon started forming in 1932 when the glacier receded and form a deep lagoon,the bottom of the glacier is about 600 feet deep and the lagoon about 150 feet and recedes on average of 300 feet per year.Parts of three films have make here,2 James Bonds and Tomb Raiders.The trip on the lagoon is a must and every day it changes it is never the same as iceberg float out to the Atlantic Ocean and new one calve off the glacier every day.Video of lagoon and tour on my Iceland page
This is a very interesting exhibition I recommend all visitors. The aim "is to communicate knowledge in various ways about the country's nature as well as offering tourist interesting recreation all year round".
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Without a doubt, Jökulsarlón is one of Iceland's most beautiful treasures. There are few places in the world when you can drive up to a glacial lagoon with great ease. My exposure to these lagoons is limited to just this one, but I can't imagine there are many more because there are so few glaciers left in the world, and most don't have roads running near them.
The one thing I have to say about Jökulsarlón is that despite the cold and the long drive to get there, it's one of those mystifying experiences you'll never forget. Perhaps one day, this glacial lagoon will cease to exist (greenhouses gases mostly to blame) so I consider myself lucky to have seen it once. But make no mistake, the day I return to Iceland I will visit Jökulsarlón again.
When you get to Jökulsarlón, there's a little shop/ticket counter where you can purchase tickets to board the amphibious vehicles that will take you into the lagoon for your tour. While on board, you'll see magnificent creations from the ice, some wildlife (birds & seals), and you usually get to taste the ice as the crew typically snaps a piece off of one of the icebergs. A truly memorable experience! I have more pics in the travelogue and the website has many more.
Oh one more thing worth mentioning is that this was the site where the whole Iceland scene was flimed for the James Bond movie "Die Another Day".
Ah....we made it! The views from the summit were outstanding. We could see the surrounding mountanous area, the brownish valleys below and a far off glimpse of the ocean. Unfortunately the clouds were rolling in and I could not get a clear picture of the view.
At a little over the half way point we shut off our engines and continued to the summit by trudging through the snow. This was not too easy as the snow was knee deep and the temperatures were rising. I felt like I had too many layers of clothes on and was tempted to peel the outer snowsuit off.
Our first stop was a visit to Vatnajokull Glacier including snowmobiling to a mountain summit. This glacier is larger than all glaciers in Europe combined. Upon arrival we put on snowsuits over our clothes, helmets and rubber boots for the snowmobiling tour.
Hoffellsjokull Glacier is situate about 20 Km north of Hofn. It is a tongue of Vatnajokull Glacier. Is possible to go near the glacier following a gravel road that start on the Ring Road. Wonderful landscape and place!! :)
Vatnajokull is the biggest glacier cap of Iceland and it is big 8400 Km2 and in some places it is thick more than 1 Km. From the main glacier cap there are many small glacier and all of them are very beautiful. The most "important" glacier that everybody know is the Skaftafellsjokull. There are two big valley glacier: Skeidararjokull and Breidamerkurjokull.
Jokursalon is a must for people that travel between Skaftefell and Hofn. This lagoon is 190 meters deep and its dimensions are 5 Km fot 3 km lenght. In this lagoon you can see a lot of iceberg come from Breidamerkurjokull Glacier and the landscape that you can see is really an artic landscape. Infact it was choose for the setting of James Bond's film DIE ANOTHER DAY and LICENCE TO KILL.
Breidamerkurjokull Glacier go on and come back with a strange frequency as you can see by the photo show in the restaurant near the lagoon and they are shootd in 1945, 1982 and 1990. From 1990 the glacier come back very much and lagoon become more big. One of the problem of this fantastic place is that the gravel in the south side of the lagoon (near Ring Road) with wind and water is fallan down and so it's create a short river call Jokulsa.
One of the most beautiful thing to do in Jokulsarlon is to have a journey ona boat between the iceberg of the lagoon. On the bout the comand explain to you how the lagoon born and the storu of iceberg and ice. Very very interesting and very very beautiful and fantastic!!!!
Svartifoss is most beautifull waterfall of Skaftafell National Park where water fall down from columns of basalt. You can reach this waterfall following the path that start in the camping area and you need about 1 hours and half to go and come back, but worth going to see this waterfall!!!!!!