Glacier calves in lagoon sending giant waves towards panicked tourists

Glacier calves in lagoon sending giant waves towards panicked tourists

Glacier calves into lagoon forcing tourists to flee as wall of ice falls into water creating giant waves

  • The video was captured by Jokulsarlon lagoon in Iceland yesterday
  • Tourists approach the edge of the lagoon before a section suddenly collapses
  • Huge waves head to where the tour group was standing seconds before 
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Tourists had to flee from the edge of a lagoon after a section of a glacier broke off creating large pulsating waves near the shore.

The dramatic moment was captured on the edge of the Jokulsarlon lagoon in Iceland yesterday.

Visitors can be seen walking out on the rocks towards the peaceful lagoon.

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Tourists walk out on the rocks towards the edge of the Jokulsarlon lagoon in Iceland with a tour guide

All of a sudden, the Breidamerkurjokull glacier calves into the water creating a massive wave.

The visitors flee as quickly as they can in shock as the waves head to where they are standing.

The lagoon is subsequently filled with huge, rolling waves that approach the rocks on the shore which sent watching tourists scurrying away from the incoming water. 

The filmer said: ‘This area is only accessible with mountain guides and everybody shown in the video had been previously instructed to immediately leave the beach if a calving occurs. 


All of a sudden the glacier calves and the tourists are sent scrambling back away from the water’s edge


A huge wave heads towards the exact spot where the tourists had just been standing

‘Due to the sheer size and proximity it was a bit of a close call but everybody was safe and stayed dry.’

Jokulsarlon is a large glacial lake in south-east Iceland.

Its size has increased fourfold since the 1970s due to melting glaciers and it is considered one of the country’s natural beauties. 

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