THIS is the land of ice and fire in all its majesty, as sunlight shines through the bluest of icebergs under a heavy sky in Glacier Bay.
These gorgeous photos were snapped by popular Iceland tour guide Albert Armannsson yesterday afternoon.
The former Heygo favourite was leading an in-person trip to Jökulsárlón for Reykjavik Excursions when the light took a dramatic turn.
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Glacier Lagoon is one of the must-see sites in Iceland, and was regularly visited by Albert on live streamed Heygo tours until the platform’s closure in April this year.
The lagoon, which only began to form in 1934 as the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier began to retreat in the warming climate, has increased in size fourfold since the early 1970s.
It is situated at sea level, meaning that seawater flows in at high tide, meeting the fresh ice water from the glacier and helping create the unique colours for which it is renowned.
Blocks of ice, which can be more than 1,000 years old, regularly break off the glacier and float freely in the 250 metre-deep lagoon, then are carried out to sea when the tide turns.
Smaller chunks of ice are subsequently washed up on the nearby black shoreline, glistening like gems in shafts of sunlight, leading to its nickname, Diamond Beach.
Read more: See Diamond Beach snapped on a Heygo tour
Jökulsárlón sits south of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier, and is part of Iceland’s largest national park. It is also the second-largest national park in Europe – only Russia’s Yugid Va is bigger.
Reykjavik Excursions celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018, and has grown into one of the largest tour operators in Iceland. For information see www.re.is and search #reykjavikexcursions on social media.
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