|Jökulsárlón glacial lake (Iceland)|
A glacial lake is a lake that fills a depression originated as a result of erosion caused by a glacier. When the glacier retires, the lake appears. Then, as the liquefaction of the glacier progresses, it grows. That is what is happening in Iceland: glaciers melt due to climate change, and glacial lakes grow. The lakes at the southern end of the Vatnajökull glacier are an important tourist attraction, because they are full of icebergs.
The Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
This lake, as I said before, is next to the most important road in Iceland. You are driving and, suddenly, you see it. And it impresses you. In the background are the eternal (hopefully) snows of the glacier, and in front is the great lake, full of icebergs of whimsical shapes in different shades of blue.
Of course, there is a parking lot next to the lake. And, after parking the car, you can walk along the shore, climb the small elevations of the land to see the panorama from there, and also navigate the lake, among the icebergs, in an amphibious vehicle. You will meet a lot of tourists, but it's not like you feel overwhelmed.
The Jökulsárlón lake is really beautiful, so much that it has been the scene of many films. It would be better not to think that all that beauty is due, at least in part, to climate change.
The glacier lake Fjallsárlón
|Fjallsárlón glacial lake|
But make no mistake: the Jökulsárlón is much more spectacular. By the way, both are in the Vatnajökull National Park, the largest in Europe.