Iceland is located just below the Arctic Circles and is one of the fastest warming places on earth, nearly four times averages. Sources say that the roughly 300 glaciers covering more than 10% of the island are losing an average of 11 billion tons of ice a year.
Because the glaciers in Iceland are melting at a dramatic pace, the size of many glacier lagoons are also expanding. This is particularly apparent at Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon which has nearly doubled in size since 1970 and continues to expand. Hundreds of melted icebergs drift down the river here, onto the beach, before mixing with the salt water and into the ocean.