Photo Point: Beach of Icebergs - a magical spectacle in Iceland


One of the countless and unique natural spectacles in Iceland can be admired on the black sandy beach below the popular glacial lagoon Jökulsárlón and at the same time perfectly photographed in many variants. At the foot of the huge glacier Vatnajöküll, which gave its name to the Vatnajöküll National Park, huge broken pieces of ice are carried out like little icebergs to the sea.

The surf drives these pieces of ice, especially at low tide, back to the black lava beach, where they then slowly melt like bizarre ice sculptures. The contrast of these sparkling ice crystals on the dark sand is a rare and appealing motif at any time of the year or day. On dull days, the blue tint of the "diamonds of ice" will show off to perfection, while in fine weather the rays of the sun will break like real crystals.

Long exposure of ice crystals on a dull and rainy day

Since wild camping in Iceland and anyway in any national park is now strictly prohibited, you can approach only one of the campsites in the area of ​​Vatnajöküll this spectacle. There is parking on both sides of the road and the bridge, from where you can easily reach both the beach and the glacier lagoon itself. But if you want to capture an impressive picture of the floating icebergs in the lake, we recommend the nearby, slightly smaller and not so crowded glacier lagoon Fjallsárlón. In any case, as a photographer in this environment, you have many options and are good to do ...

The perfect location does not exist here. As is often the case, it is better to walk a little further than most of the other visitors in order to be able to photograph in peace and quiet and to find beautiful stretches of beach in which no footprints have destroyed the impression of untouchedness.

Shorter exposure time (less than one second) because no filters were used

A perfect time is the sunrise when the rays of the sun rising above the sea break in the crystals. Most day visitors are not yet on site and you share the beach then only with the other ambitious photographers. However, one must also assume that one experiences these moments in the region around the glacier only rarely, because it is not for nothing that this area around the Vatnajöküll is also the wettest in Iceland ...

Regardless of this, even in bad weather at any time an exciting photo session with great pictures is possible at this motive.

With a gray filter (ND filter), the movement of the sea can be "frozen" well

On the map the parking lot below the street is marked for the photo point:

Conny and Sirko

"Yes, we love this country ..." - that's the beginning of the Norwegian national anthem, and yes, we too - Conny Sirko - love this country, its inhabitants, the magnificent scenery, the peace and tranquility that we enjoy there and throughout Scandinavia Find. We've been touring the North more than 20 times - at different times, in many regions and in all variations. The idea for this homepage came to us last year, because then we have the opportunity to write the permanent wanderlust to the north of the soul and hopefully inspire you for it. So: heading north!

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