Jökulsárlón in Iceland – Lost in Attraction

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This is basically an advertisement for the country of Iceland, of Jökulsárlón in particular. Easily accessible through Route 1, which goes all around Iceland, the epitome of peacefulness is situated in the south of the country.

What comes to your mind when you think of Iceland? Music? Glaciers? Volcanoes? Trolls? Have you ever heard people speak of Iceland? And if so, what did they say? And more importantly, did you see the look in their eyes while they spoke? Fascination, love, passion, and enthusiasm for this small and unique country in the North Atlantic Ocean is most likely to be seen there, in addition to an urge to travel there again.

In June 2010, I went on a trip to Iceland for ten days. The tour started in Reykjavík and by bus we (a group of 20 students, that is) went all around the island. I was prepared to experience nature at its best and I believed that having music accompany my thoughts would be a good idea. I’ve always loved Sigur Rós; I wanted to see what I had seen in my mind before whenever I listened to their music.

A bus tour in Iceland cannot be boring, you just look out of the window and take in what you see. When I took my first glance at what turned out to be Jökulsárlón, I was mesmerized. The bus stopped, I grabbed my headphones, my hat, and my camera, and was ready to go. This was my moment, I didn’t want anybody to interrupt it by talking to me. I left the small makeshift parking lot and went up a hill. It was windy, it was chilly, but the view was perfect. I looked down on Jökulsárlón, listening to “Sæglópur”, and simply enjoyed what was in front of me: the glacier lagoon with all its different shades of white and blue and light green, the enormous Vatnajökull in the background. Beautiful, it was as simple as that.
I tried to think of the best frame for this location. What should I shoot to show the beauty of Jökulsárlón? I took three pictures but I was unsatisfied so I decided to simply shoot everything around me and eventually took 10 consecutive pictures, resulting in a panorama.
Capturing the otherworldly beauty of Iceland is easy, yet difficult: on one hand, you just need to shoot in any direction, on the other hand, the real Iceland can only be experienced on site. Thus, this is only a teaser, an advertisement for the volcano country of the North Atlantic.

Visiting Jökulsárlón alone is worth a trip to Iceland. You may wanna stay a bit longer, though, as there are many places like these in Iceland. Places that make you forget everything around you, with or without music.

written by u-t-e on 2011-02-15 in #world #locations #lagoon #music #glaciers #glacier #white #travel-tips #fascination #calmness #iceland #jokulsarlon #cold #beauty #ice #wind

5 Comments

  1. paper_doll
    paper_doll ·

    where are the photos?

  2. u-t-e
    u-t-e ·

    Should be there. You cannot see them?

  3. paper_doll
    paper_doll ·

    I can now :)

  4. stouf
    stouf ·

    Outstanding ! And I'm a huge fan of Sigur Rós too... Congrats again, your shots are truly wonderful.

  5. tsingtao
    tsingtao ·

    I love Iceland!

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