I’m beginning the departure from the land of blue and sunny skies (as discussed in the previous post) with a few shots of icebergs. The first was taken at Jokulsarlon, a bay on the south coast of Iceland. Here the ice calves off the mother glacier and has to jostle and scrape along in dense formation before finding its way out to the Atlantic through the narrow outlet. It’s a spectacular place to see icebergs up close, as many float by the shore practically at arm’s reach. Here, the afternoon sun really contrasted well with the deep blue hue of the ice.
The next two shots are a little more typical of a glacier outlet (in Iceland, at any rate). As the ice reaches the valley, it melts into a small lake, keeping the little bergs trapped to melt, or eventually refreeze next winter. Cold winds race down the glacier’s tongue and fog rises from it, erasing the distinction between the glacier and the sky above it. Here the landscape can appear truly arctic, practically monochrome but for that tinge of unearthly blue from within the ice.
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Fantastic captures. I really like how the light and clouds mess with you in the first shot. These places look remote. How much of a hike was it to get there?
Not very remote. Hell, if standing where I was in the first shot I had turned around, you’d see a couple hundred tourists, a parking lot and visitor center. The others were accessible by car, though at times it was just following a dirt road and hoping you’d find something interesting. I’ll next post the most remote place I reached, and even that was a half hour hike from a road. Iceland makes itself rather accessible for being at the end of the earth. 🙂
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That’s impressive. All these shots look like you’re at least 1,000 miles away from the nearest person.