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Iceland: my photography guide to visit Jokulsarlon

Back from Iceland Jokulsarlon for the 2th time, today i give some great tips to visit and photograph the Jokulsarlon iceberg lagoon, also with northern lights.

Most people get there just to see the beautiful scenery, while others aim to take an unforgettable shot of the northern lights over the glacier lagoon itself in the night…

jokulsarlon iceberg sunset iceland reflections

Jokulsarlon lagoon, Iceland

 

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OVERVIEW OF THE AREA

Following is the structure of the area to understand the best hot spots to take the shots. It is possible to read the name of the places that i’m going to use along the article on the map

Furtherly, here is a webcam of Jokulsarlon to have an overview of the area and the actual weather:

JOKULSARLON WEBCAM

jokulsarlon map

SOUTH PANORAMIC VIEW:

This is the first spot if one comes from Reykjavik. It’s an all day spot thanks to its “east-west” orientation, which makes it useful from sunrise to sunset, especially to take a northern lights shot. Infact, there is a wide view toward 3 entire directions, so that wherever it appears, you can catch it. Most of the times i think aurora will appear from these 3 directions. It also includes a comfortable car park, and it’s just a short walk to get there.

iceland northern ligths aurora borealis jokulsarlon

Iceland, the northern lights over the icebergs lagoon of Jokulsarlon

northern lights seen from Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon over the Vatnajokull glacier

EAST PANORAMIC VIEW:

The best advantage of this view is the chance to take some very nice pictures of small ice fragments on the beach during sunset, hit by the light of the sun setting behind the mountains of the Vatnajokull glacier, as visible from one of my pictures here

Iceberg beach near Jokusarlon iceberg lake

Iceberg beach near Jokusarlon iceberg lake

However, it’s a little bit more risky for northern lights shots, being the view limited to west, although by walking a little bit more a further spot toward north can be found. 

Instead, for those interested only in the lagoon itself, this is such a pleasant walk, with a more romantic view over the sunset, having the sun in front and the light strongly shining all over the icebergs

Jokulsarlon zoom shot at sunrise

Jokulsarlon zoom shot at sunrise

BREIÐAMERKURSANDUR, THE ICE DIAMOND BEACH

On the map we have 2 beaches. They are generally referred to as the diamond beach, while the real name is Breiðamerkursandur. They are full of ice fragments which differ from those present in the east panoramic view for 2 reasons. Firstly they are bigger in size. Secondly, being in front of the sea, the sunrise is visible from the beginning, allowing to take a shot with a better orange/red light. In turn, on the east panoramic view, the mountains of the Vatnajokull glacier cap at the horizon cover the light during the final part of the sunset, by not allowing to get the same colors

Breiðamerkursandur, the Iceberg diamond beach next to Jokulsarlon in Iceland

Breiðamerkursandur, the Iceberg diamond beach next to Jokulsarlon in Iceland

MORE CONSIDERATIONS

Jokulsarlon area is a little bit rainy, reason why seeing the aurora can be more tricky respect to other places. However, apart from the aurora, the place still deserves a visit, because it is beautiful. I have been among those guys who got the shot, but I perfectly know how lucky i have been

For more suggestions about northern lights i have made a dedicated article here:                                               

MY FULL GUIDE TO SEE NORTHERN LIGHTS IN ICELAND

Iceland, the northern lights over the Jokulsarlon iceberg lagoon

Iceland, the northern lights over the Jokulsarlon iceberg lagoon

CONCLUSION

Jokulsarlon is one of my favourite places of Iceland, great for making breathtaking pictures, with or without the aurora

Thanks for reading!

Moyan

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Discussion

9 thoughts on “Iceland: my photography guide to visit Jokulsarlon

  1. how to get there from reykjavik by bus?

    Posted by yanster | July 15, 2015, 3:21 pm
  2. Hi there,
    If I were to visit Jokursalon in sept, will the icebergs / fragments be there or can the place be visited only during winter?

    Thank you.

    Posted by Fai | December 19, 2015, 11:24 am
  3. Hello,

    What can i expect to see in this spot in early August?
    Thanks for your advise in advance. This article was very lovely.

    Posted by Alina | June 27, 2016, 8:02 pm
  4. when is the best time enjoy seeing both the icebergs/fragments and northern lights?

    Posted by yinwey | November 17, 2016, 5:45 pm
    • Hi friend…september and october for example are 2 nice periods, especially september first half, because most areas are still open to tourists (apart from jokulsarlon). Anyway, it’s important to check the moon calendar to go when the moon is dark

      Posted by Moyan Brenn | November 20, 2016, 10:44 am

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