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Iceland Escapades – Jokulsarlon – A date with the Vatnajokull Glacier

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On the Glacier after a beautiful 4X4 Super Jeep drive

On the Glacier after a beautiful 4X4 Super Jeep drive

Jokusarlon – A beautiful place to start your trips to see the Vatnajokull Glacier.

Jokulsarlon was made famous by the James Bond Movie, A View to Kill, which shot the 1st scene there.
This is the place where the Vatnajokull Glacier meets the sea.

Some Quick facts about this Glacier;

◾Largest glacier in Iceland
◾This Glacier covers 8% of the country or island
◾Largest icecap in Europe by volume
◾Second largest Glacier in Europe by area
◾The blue color indicates that the chunk of ice recently broke off the glacier and is due to the air bubbles trapped in the ice.
◾The thickest part of the Glacier is about 1KM thick

We took two approaches to experience what Jokulsarlon had to offer and to see the Glacier.
The best way to experience Vatnajokull Glacier and recognize the magnitude of this glacier is to go Snow mobiling or take a Super jeep 4X4 tour and to take a boat towards the glacier.

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First we took a boat ride to get close to the icebergs and the glacier. We chose Ice Lagoon Adventure tours. We preferred them as they haad dependable boats and had a maximum passenger capacity of 10. Small sizes were important to me and was a factor on my decision.

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The ultra strong Heavy Duty Zodiac boats and the Suzuki motors made sure that we could cruise around the lagoon in a safe way and enjoy all the things the glacier area had to offer. They get us very close to the Glaciers and along the way, we passed beautiful broken icebergs drifting towards the sea, giving us ample opportunities to take photographs and capture views of the glaciers at a fairly close distance. Many of the ice seen floating had black volcanic ashes mixed with the ice.

Vatnajokull Glacier

Vatnajokull Glacier

Birds resting on an Iceberg drifting towards the sea.

Birds resting on an Iceberg drifting towards the sea.

The 2nd way we enjoyed the Glacier is by taking a Super jeep to ride on the Glacier itself.
Its simply fascinating.

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On the day we went, we could not see beyond 1 feet and we were almost driving blind. Phew! What an experience. To reach the glacier, we had to take what is called the F-Road. The F-Road is the road that is unpaved, and only drivers with a 4 wheel drive are allowed access to drive on this road.

It is hard to imagine, but I believe, there are several volcanoes underneath the ice cap. The last recent volcanic eruption occurred on May of 2011 with the plume reaching a height of 12.4 miles (20 km), disrupting air traffic in Europe for several days.

Vatnajokull Glacier

In fact the black color mixed in blue that you see on this glacier is the volcanic lava and dust.

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