The glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón

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© Inga Helgadóttir
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UploadedJuly 20, 2010
TakenJuly 17, 2010
ModelCanon EOS 450D
Exposure5 sec at f/22
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length18 mm
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Jökulsárlón started to form in 1934-1935. Jökulsá on Breiðamerkursandur then ran straight down from underneath Vatnajökull, approx. 1½ km to the ocean. Since 1950 the glacier has pulled back steadily and an ever-growing lagoon has formed. In 1975 it was 7.9 km² but has grown to be 18 km² today because of the heavy melting of the glacier. Icebergs of all shapes and sizes float on the lagoon, which is very deep, or around 190 m. Frozen water is a little bit heavier than water in liquid form, which means that only 1/10 of the icebergs is above water.

5 responses

  • Les Berkley

    Les Berkley said (20 Jul 2010):

    Marvelous use of the slow shutter speed, beautiful colors. We've got to come back to Iceland.

  • Neil Woo

    Neil Woo said (20 Jul 2010):

    wow amazing photo, well done

  • Dennis Watts

    Dennis Watts gave props (20 Jul 2010):

    amazing shot!

  • ablackeye

    ablackeye gave props (21 Jul 2010):


  • Ron Sellers

    Ron Sellers gave props (21 Jul 2010):

    beautiful soft capture of the water flow

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