We had been advised by our guidebook that nothing can prepare you for driving around the corner and first seeing Jökulsárlón’s milky blue lake filled with the calved offspring of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier.
Right on the Ring Road, it’s easy to get to and thus was comparatively busy with tourists despite us getting there at 8:30am. You can take a boat in amongst the ice bergs if you want an up close and personal experience but you’ll find plenty of ice sitting just a few metres from the lake edge.
It’s hard to believe that only 70 years ago the glacier face dropped icebergs almost directly into the sea, but it has now retreated several kilometres. The lake itself doesn’t look deep, but is actually almost 250m deep in places.
On the other side of the road, large chunks of ice are smashed around in the surf, some of them ending up stranded on the beach. You can even eat the ice if you’re game; it tastes of, well, nothing!