I’ve been staring at photos of Iceland for the last few years, even after I went in 2015. That first trip really showed me just how much I was missing and how much I wanted to go back and wander around the country even more. I kept thinking of all the places I wanted to see, all the things I wanted to experience and how this country was somewhere special.
Once we boarded the bus again and started making our way to Jokulsarlon, I knew I was ready to see something special but to be completely honest, I’m not entirely sure I knew exactly what I was going to experience. As we drove over the bridge to the parking lot, I looked out the window and was immediately speechless. I was in awe of what I saw out the window and be honest, words probably cannot describe what I saw. When we parked the van, we bundled up and ran outside into the cold sleet to get a closer view of the glacial runoff. If you don’t know anything about the glacial lagoons, they are basically large lakes from the melting glaciers and as the glaciers melt, large chunks of the glacier will break off and still exist in the lake. So you can only imagine just how cold it actually was but throw in the winter sleet and the windchill, I thought I was going to freeze. Sideways sleet really makes it very difficult to stay dry when you’re standing with zero shelter.
If you get a chance to go to the glacial lagoon, I would highly recommend it. I know that I’ve said this about almost everywhere within Iceland but this place is so peaceful and some of the glacier chunks are huge that it really puts things in perspective. It’s quiet out there outside of the tourists, and it’s breathtaking.
We spent about 45 minutes out there trying to see the lagoon from as many angles as possible and then eventually made our way back onto the bus.