Lakes in Knappavellir

Jökulsárlón

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Jökulsárlón is the best known and the largest of a number of glacial lakes in Iceland. It is situated at the south end of the glacier Vatnajökull between Skaftafell National Park and Höfn. Appearing first only in 1934-1935, the lake grew from 7.9 km² in 1975 to at least 18 km² today because of heavy melting of the Icelandic glaciers. Approaching a depth of 200 m, Jökulsárlón is now probably the second deepest lake in Iceland.

Jökulsárlón is separated from the sea by only a short distance, and the combined action of the glacier, the river that empties from the lake, and the ocean may eventually transform it into an inlet of the sea. There are plans to prevent this from happening, since the only road in the area passes over the narrow isthmus.

It is not far from the Icelandic Ring Road, and buses travelling between Höfn and Reykjavík usually stop there. The lake is filled with icebergs, which are calving off the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier.

At its shore, in the summertime, one has to watch out for the skuas, big seagulls which have their nests on the ground around the lake and which can occasionally become aggressive.

Near Jökulsárlón, there are two other glacial lakes, Fjallsárlón and Breiðárlón.

The homepage of the Jökulsárlón Landowners is jokulsarlon.com

Landowners Association

The Jökulsarlon Landowners Accociation is the organization representing owners of the land properity Fell, that includes Jökuklsárlón, also known as the Glacier Lagoon.

The landowners association leases out a site at the lagoonfront to Messrs. Einar Björn Einarsson, who is the operator of the famous boat trips on the Glacier Lagoon.

The association is the party to be approaced for filming license or any other commercial activity at the land, but Jökulsarlon has been the main attraction for many international films, tv shows and commercials filmed at the site.

In the media

A number of films have had scenes shot at Jökulsárlón, including Beowulf and Grendel, Tomb Raider, Die Another Day (James Bond), Batman Begins and A View to a Kill (James Bond). The lagoon was a waypoint during the first stage of The Amazing Race 6. Good Morning America was broadcast live from Jökulsárlón on November 13, 2006.

See also

  • Lakes of Iceland

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Filmsquare
29 June 2013
Jökulsárlón was the location used for filming of the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish Vs Jaguar XKR car chase sequence in Die Another Day (2002). Filming required 30cm thick ice and lasted 3 weeks.
David A
9 July 2012
Make sure you walk out to the ocean to catch the washed up icebergs. You might see seals there too.
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