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Iceland / Landscape / Photo Log / Photography


January 27, 2020 — Jökulsárlón, South Coast, Iceland

When you think of a lagoon, don’t you think of white sand, blue water, and palm trees? This is different: black sand, blue water, and icebergs. The ’bergs have been shed by one of the largest glaciers in Iceland. Things happen fast in Iceland: This lagoon didn’t exist sixty years ago and in the foreseeable future, it’ll be a fjord.

(Nikon D850, Nikon 24-120mm f/4G VR. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.1; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

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California based fine-art photographer featuring abstract, impressionist, and minimalist seascapes — near and distant — and floral-based images. Fine-art photography can be seen at All original images on this blog are copyright 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 Michael Scandling. All rights reserved. No images on this site may be copied, duplicated, reused, published, or re-purposed in any way without express permission from the copyright owner, Michael Scandling.


    • Thank you very much. This particular glacial lagoon might not be typical. But one thing is for sure and that is that the glaciers of Iceland — as with most glaciers in the world — are receding.


  1. gregoryxandrew says

    This photo is so beautiful it could and should be used as a wallpaper on a computer so someone could look at it and admire it every single day.

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  2. Beautiful, Michael. And frightening. In 2006 we went there with our children, and the lagoon was much bigger than I remembered it. The glacier was receding already, and now far away from the road. You could not go by boat the first time we were there, 1984, and the only sound was the call of the black-throated divers. We were all alone on that road trip on nr.1, circling the island. Krafla was still warm after the outbreak up north…Things change.
    Thank you for portraying the lagoon and making it a beauty still.

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    • Thank you very much. I feel the same way. There was a large sign with a diagram of the changing the size of the lagoon and the rate of change was extremely impressive. And scary. But there is no doubt that the lagoon as it is is very beautiful. It was also overrun by tourists. Of course, I was one of them, but we won’t go there…


  3. Not exactly palm trees and Dorothy Lamour. That’s a fascinating view and the commentary about it’s changes is a bit worrying. Things do change in this modern world at a frightening pace compared to the geologic pace of history.

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