Hoffellsjökull

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A little detour whilst driving and a short hike over some snowy hills, led us to Hoffellsjökull—an outlet glacier formed from the ice cap Vatnajökull.

Whilst we were standing quite a distance from the glacier, it still looked pretty huge. Diddi then informed us that Hoffellsjökull was considerably larger 100 years ago, and is actually now retreating at quite a rapid rate due to climate change.

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Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Iceland
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon – Kimberley Chan, andthenshe.co.uk

I was very excited to visit Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. In fact it was one of the main reasons I booked onto this particular tour. Having seen all sorts of beautiful pictures of the lagoon whilst researching our trip, there’s no way I could miss this.

After spending the first part of the morning wandering the black sand beach, we walked 5 minutes inland towards the glacier lagoon, where the big chunks of iceberg on the beach originally came from. As soon as the first iceberg came into view, all I could think about was how amazing it looked, and how the ice was such an intense blue.

Fun fact for you – the colour of the ice is determined by how much air is trapped in between the ice crystals. When snow gets compressed into a glacier, more air gets squeezed out, and more ice crystals form, making it appear a blue.

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Jökulsárlón Black Sand Beach

Iceland
Jökulsárlón black sand beach – Kimberley Chan, andthenshe.co.uk

On day 2 of our Extreme Iceland tour, we arrived at Jökulsárlón black sand beach. Here we found crystal clear chunks of iceberg that had broken away from the ice lagoon, floated down into the sea, and washed back onto the black shoreline like big shiny jewels.

In contrast to the black sand beach at Vik, the sea was calm and the sun was out, making it a lovely and peaceful place to spend the first part of the morning.

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