Iced Over

Iced Over

One of the main attractions in Iceland is a giant Ice-Lagoon filled with icebergs as they melt off a glacier and float away into the Atlantic Ocean. The powerful waves break up the icebergs and push them back onto shore, where they wash up on a black lava sand beach. The ice-lagoon and the ice-beach were 2 of the spots that I desperately wanted to see on my first trip to Iceland.

I first went to Iceland in the summer but the weather was so crummy we barely saw the sky until 10 days into the trip. I got a neat photo from the ice-beach but never with any color in the sky. When I went back a year later, in the winter, I got a lot luckier and for the first time I was able to enjoy the entire Icelandic landscape (I could finally see the mountain tops, the beautiful peaks, the hundreds of glaciers…)

On this particular evening we were hanging out at the Jokulsarlon ice-beach and the sun just managed to peak its way out of the clouds and cast a little bit of orange light into the sky. Willie, Alan, Rebecca and I kept dashing back and forth, trying to get close to these icebergs while also not getting completely soaked.

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:
17mm, f/20, 1.0 sec, ISO 100

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Aaron Meyers is a landscape and wedding photographer living in Silicon Valley, CA. His love of the outdoors makes for frequent forays into the Californian wilds, where he delights in the stunning vistas of Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, and the Pacific Coast.