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Video: Watch how the rising tide carries a massive amount of ice back into Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon

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  • Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon Seals frequently visit Jökulsárlón via the connecting river and sometimes the tides carry a run of herring or capelin into the lake creating a feast for them an seabirds in the area. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

Only a sliver of solid ground separates Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon from the North Atlantic ocean. A river connects Jökulsárlón and the sea making a pass way for icebergs, not only out of the lake but also back into it with the rising tides. Yesterday (10 January), tour guide Owen Hunt captured on video an unusually strong version of this phenomena.

Owen has over 30 years experience of running expeditions and tours in Iceland and is a regular guest at Jökulsárlón. He says he has never before seen so much being carried back into the lake.

Jökulsárlón literally means glacial river lagoon. The lake covers about 22 km2 (8.5 sq mi), from the base of Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull, to the edge of Iceland’s southeast coast.

Traveling highway 1 between the town of Höfn town and Skaftafell national park, you can see the lagoon from the road. But of course you should stop for a few moments and enjoy it up close. From spring to late autumn you can take a boat trip on the lagoon with seasoned tour operators.

A live view of Jökulsárlón is offered by the webcam of the telecommunications company Míla at www.livefromiceland.is

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