I’ve said it before, and I’ll definitely say it a million more times, but Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in Iceland is probably one of the most stunning things we’ve seen since we left home. Part of me is a bit sad we saw it a mere 72 hours after leaving Dallas, with me being a save-the-best-for-last type girl, but that’s ok. Maybe we’ll do the whole 7 day layover in Iceland on the way back to see it again.
So far I’ve only shared a few photos from Jökulsárlón on here. For a while I kept going back to them and re-editing and setting them aside and then re-editing again.
You’ll probably be able to find three different versions of some of these pictures on this very blog if you wanted to, and I’ll probably go back and re-edit yet another time at some point in the future.
No amount of editing really matters though. This place is so damn beautiful that pictures don’t really do it justice anyways.
Usually, I hate when people get into my shots, but when you’re traveling there really isn’t a whole lot that you can do about it. I tried for a while to wait for people to move or to reframe shots so there was nobody in them, but that only worked so well before I gave it up and just started shooting.
And I think they actually ended up coming out pretty cool, even with a bunch of people in them.
There were also a ton of photographers and videographers there, as well as several people with drones. Other photographers always give me a touch of anxiety. I don’t consider myself a professional by any means so running into those who possibly do can put me on edge sometimes. This was no exception, especially since I wanted perfect photos of such a perfect place. Also some of the photographers who were there were being a bit rude.
But I got out of my shell a bit here and got some pretty cool shots.
The black sand beaches at Jökulsárlón totally took me by surprise. I knew they were coming. I knew Iceland is geologically active and that there would be lava fields and volcanic rock and black sand beaches, but I was still so surprised when we first saw them.
They’re just so beautiful, especially when the ice is mixed in.
This beach was also the first time that Cody almost got swept into the ocean by the incoming tide. This has a become a recurring theme and happens at almost every beach we end up on.
If there’s anything I’ve learned this trip, it’s to give myself time. I’m a slow starter sometimes, especially in new places. I need a few minutes to inspect my surroundings and get in my zone. Jökulsárlón was the first time this trip where I really felt this was true. We really needed a full day here, but even just an extra hour would have been enough.