WATCHING THE BEST SUNRISE OF MY LIFE FROM JOKULARSON GLACIAL LAGOON
Getting up before sunrise is no easy task; it’s usually dark and cold, you finally managed to fold yourself into the perfect sleeping position when your alarm starts blaring and you could always do with an extra hour of sleep, because why not. So it’s no surprise that getting up before sunrise is almost impossible on holidays, because let’s be honest here for a moment, holidays are made for sleeping in. Or are they? Well, no. A least not in Iceland because sunrise is the best time of day to truly appreciate this country’s magnificence. And that’s what we did when we were in Iceland, because it’s Iceland. We ended up watching the best sunrise of my life from Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon. But it was no easy task. We had to get up too early to admit in the dark, cold of the morning and drive for over an hour to the lagoon. When we arrived, the temperature was brutal – it was below zero and very windy, and it wasn’t even winter, or snowing. And trust me, we were well prepared – double thermals, jumpers, scarves, beanies, gloves, down jackets – the works.
The beautiful thing about Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon is that there are literally hundreds of vantage points to watch the sunrise show itself beautiful self over the snow capped mountains, so my best advice is to get there early and spend time exploring the lagoon and the black sand beach, which is covered in broken glacial icebergs, to find the best spot. In fact, there really is no “bad” spot to watch sunrise – it’s all ridiculously good. And if you’re lucky, you will see a soft pink glow from the sun as it touches the peaks of the snow capped mountains hugging the ancient lagoon. For me, it hit the sweet spot. Seeing a sunrise over snow capped mountains has always been a bucket list moment of mine, and I really had to pinch myself when it happened.