Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

This was my favorite day of the entire trip and maybe of any trip I've ever taken.  It was the kind of day where you keep looking at each other in disbelief or just to make sure they are seeing it too. 

While standing on the edge of the glacier lagoon I found myself questioning the things I knew as fact.  Is this how clear water is supposed to be? How blue ice is supposed to be?  Why does the ocean air smell crisp like the mountains?  

Black sand beach

Less than a 100 yards from the lagoon is a black sand beach where the glacier feeds the ocean.  Here you can find giant chunks of blue ice laying along black sand in dramatic contrast. 

Ice Cave under vatnajökull 

This was the only tour we booked on our trip and was one of the things I was most excited about.  We hired Ice Guide to drives us out to a cave that had been carved under Vatnajokull and they did not disappoint.  Essentially you are paying for local ice cave knowledge (when it's stable, where they are each season, ect) and the ride out there.  After that you have a few hours to run around in the cave, take pictures and be huge nerds.  This is our wheelhouse...

As you can see in these two pictures, the ice is not all smooth. The rougher texture shows where water is freezing, whereas the smooth texture is a result of melting.