|Newly flipped iceberg ready to float out to sea|
|Glacial tongue and ice cap|
The current warming trend, a combination of global warming and volcanic activity, means the glacial pool gets larger every year and the glacier gets farther away.
We took the obligatory duckboat tour of the pool to see the day's variety of icebergs, each with its own personality.
Would you believe there is a colony of Arctic Terns here too?
As well as parking lot Snow Buntings (in breeding plumage--something we don't see in Massachusetts).
At Jökulsárlón the skua population moves past "common" to "abundant."
|Rabbit and hippo? ice formations|
|Arctic Skua (AKA Parasitic Jaeger)|
|Resident Great Skua in tourist area, regarded as a pet|
|Iceberg on the beach|
There is something magically wistful about the scene. Children's books about icebergs who always wanted to see the ocean immediately come to mind.
|Great Skuas and Parasitic Jaegers|
|Another glacial tongue visible from the road|
|View from trail to Svartifoss, Skaftafell National Park|
Next day: The "Golden Circle."