How To Photograph Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

Large icebergs create stunning formations and a beautiful reflection on the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in Iceland.

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is an amazing place. It’s been used as a setting for Hollywood films A View to a Kill, Die Another Day, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Batman Begins.

Jökulsárlón: There’s Just So Much To Photograph

Simply standing on the bank, by the water’s edge, will provide you with great photo opportunities. There’s just so much going on. 

There’s the stunning snowcapped mountains surrounding the lagoon, the gorgeous turquoise and teal colors of the water and icebergs and the spectacular iceberg graveyard, where the icebergs end their journey on the shores of the ocean a short distance away.

But to adequately photograph a location you sometimes need to return at several times of the day and photograph from different perspectives. This is certainly true for Jölulsárlón because, as well as photographing from various places along the edge of the lagoon, it’s possible to take a zodiac cruise during which time you can get nice and close to some of the icebergs and also photograph them from a variety of angles, one of which will likely provide the opportunity for a compelling image.

Ripples create a series of concentric patterns, surrounding floating ice, on the surface of the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Iceland.

To Photograph Is To Write With Light

By photographing an iceberg from different angles you’ll likely be able to explore light, color and texture in a variety of ways. Here’s some examples:

  • Front lighting is great for revealing color in the object photographed.
  • Side lighting is ideal for emphasizing shape and texture.
  • Back lighting can create a silhouette or, when the ice is thin, can reveal the liquid and color qualities of the ice. It’s a little like photographing stained glass. 

The lagoon is a compelling location and really should be visited at different times of the day. For many folks, it will be a once in a life time experience, and being properly prepared will make all the difference when it comes to making great photos.

A beautiful glow at sunset illuminated the sky and water with a myriad of colors at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in Iceland.

Iceland Photography Tour August 2016

I’m very excited to be running a very unique photography tour to Iceland during August 2016. Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is very much a part of this tour and I’II be providing folks with special tips to help them make great photos of the icebergs both prior to the tour commencing and, of course, on location. It’s going to be an amazing experience and I hope you’ll consider joining me.

Feel free to contact me directly with questions relating to the photography aspects of my Iceland Photography Tour August 2016.

You can also contact my partners Wandering The World with questions relating to the tour itself.

Iceland is one of the world’s great photography destinations. Its relative isolation and low population make it a mecca for landscape photography. I hope you’ll join me on my upcoming Iceland Photography Tour during August, 2016.

Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru