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Lake type Glacial
Primary inflows Breišamerkurjökull glacier
Primary outflows Atlantic Ocean
Basin countries Iceland
Max. length 1.5 km (0.93 mi)
Surface area 18 km2 (6.9 sq mi)
Max. depth 200 metres (660 ft)
Water volume 3,000 hm³ (9.8×109 ft)/sec
Surface elevation 0m, Sea level
Map of iceland

Jökulsįrlón (literally "glacial river lagoon") is a large glacial lagoon in southeast Iceland, on the borders of Vatnajökull National Park. Situated at the head of Breišamerkurjökull, it evolved into a lagoon after the glacier started receding from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The lake has grown since then at varying rates because of melting of the Icelandic glaciers. The lagoon now stands 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) away from the ocean's edge and covers an area of about 18 km2 (6.9 sq mi). It recently became the deepest lake in Iceland at over 248 metres (814 ft) depth as glacial retreat extended its boundaries.[1] The size of the lagoon has increased fourfold since the 1970s.[2][3][4][5] It is considered as one of the natural wonders of Iceland.

The lagoon can be seen along Route 1 between Höfn and Skaftafell. It presents a picturesque parade termed as “A ghostly procession of luminous blue ice-bergs through the 17 km2 (6.6 sq mi) (18 km2 (6.9 sq mi) as reported in other sources) Jokulsarlon Lagoon”.

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Marco Valk23-Feb-2013 07:22
Very beautiful; extraordinary lighting.
Sam_C23-Feb-2013 03:47
Superb composition on this fascinating shot! V++
danad22-Feb-2013 10:19
Strange crystal jewels and fine pastel tones. V.
Cindi Smith21-Feb-2013 23:14
Those are some big ice cubes! Wonderful perspective! V
Tom LeRoy21-Feb-2013 13:09
Unique and beautiful place, Superb capture. V
Lieve Snellings21-Feb-2013 12:22
Fenomenal work ! BV
Your POV and great angle makes this photo so impressive...
Bryan Murahashi21-Feb-2013 05:43
Beautiful colors for this crystal ice. V
janescottcumming21-Feb-2013 00:28
Other worldly. Fantastic!!! V
Carol Rollins20-Feb-2013 22:42
This is an incredible image Yiannis. Excellent shot.
Alain Boussac20-Feb-2013 16:38
Not need of words... VBV !
Char20-Feb-2013 13:13
Outstanding shot, Yiannis! \/
CM Kwan20-Feb-2013 11:51
This is a winner, Yiannis. V
rousselziak20-Feb-2013 10:50
Fantastic shot ! -V-
Fred Parsons20-Feb-2013 09:19
As always Yiannis, outstanding work (for a cook ;-)
fotabug20-Feb-2013 04:39
Amazing colors and Ice formations, hauntingly beautiful V
Barbara Read and Fred Schaad20-Feb-2013 02:35
Bejeweled. Good word. I like that description. Voted
Lamar Nix20-Feb-2013 02:10
Bejeweled foreground sparkles under the peppermint sky! Breathtaking image. BV
Mildred Alpern20-Feb-2013 01:35
Ice chunks and shards. Beautuful blueness leading to open pastel sky.
Yi Feng20-Feb-2013 00:40
Outstanding shot!
Mike H.19-Feb-2013 22:57
Wonderful depth in this expansive view --
very strategic with the amazing sky and ice formations!
Karen Stuebing19-Feb-2013 22:42
Gorgeous scene and colors. The ice looks like glass and the sky is incredible. V.
Graeme19-Feb-2013 22:07
An outstanding and beautifully captured landscape, Yiannis.BBV
Martin Lamoon19-Feb-2013 22:03
Fantastic light on the ice. Well captured scene. v
woody3419-Feb-2013 21:51
Very mottled look here and so many different textures...the big block of ice on the left is spectacular...lovely colouring in the sky and lagoon...V
J S Quesada19-Feb-2013 20:32
Amazing image and composition. Excellent contrast of the sharp blue ice shapes and the soft warm sky above. BV
Peter Sussex19-Feb-2013 20:07
The ice fragment looks like a kind of precious stone here. Thinking it over, it really is! Outstanding composition. V
bill friedlander19-Feb-2013 18:36
Excellent composition for these fascinating shapes and colors! Beautiful work! V
Ceya19-Feb-2013 17:57
Amazing view! Lovely colours and light. V
joseantonio19-Feb-2013 17:45
Gorgeous image. Well done.V.
Frank Brault19-Feb-2013 17:37
Unbelievably beautiful with superb detail and light. A fantastic point of view! V
Gérard Koehl19-Feb-2013 17:16
Splendide. V
globalgadabout19-Feb-2013 15:40
this points out a positive development from glacier melting...the ice fragments make for an eerie and fascinating landscape..V
Natasha C19-Feb-2013 14:48
Wonderful warm and cold colors. Great capture. v
Stephanie19-Feb-2013 14:47
Gorgeous!!! V
peterjay4519-Feb-2013 14:41
Great detail and clarity, an outstanding shot.
Jim Coffman19-Feb-2013 14:28
A fantastic sight!Well done,Yiannis!