Due to freezing temperatures along Iceland’s South Coast, all toilets but one froze yesterday at one of Iceland’s premier attractions, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, much to the chagrin of visitors.
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Colloquially known as “the Crown Jewel of Iceland”, Jökulsárlón sees hundreds of visitors each day, almost all of whom are there to witness the ethereal and peaceful sight of enormous icebergs floating on the lagoon’s still surface.
For those visiting yesterday and the day before, the troublesome issue of finding a usable bathroom reared its head upon the discovery that only one toilet on site remained in working order. Naturally, this caused long queues and some minor delays to sightseeing schedules.
The toilets are now back to working order, but considering the cold spells still expected over the coming weeks, national parks across Iceland are taking care to make sure incidents like this do not occur in the foreseeable future.
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is found within Vatnajökull National Park, the largest nature reserve of its kind in Iceland. Icebergs drop from Breiðamerkurjökull, a tongue of the much larger ice cap and namesake of the park, Vatnajökull.
Exciting boat tours, wild surrounding scenery and seals playing in the lagoon only make this attraction all the more beloved by visitors and locals alike.
Naturally, all of these qualities combined make the site quite crowded throughout the year, especially during the peaks of summer and winter.
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