Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in Iceland

Jökulsárlón literally means "glacial river lagoon". I'm sure you have heard about this beautiful natural wonder of Iceland. The lagoon is located on the south-east side of the country and can be seen from the main road nr. 1 so if you are surfing around in this area you have to make a stop there.

Jökulsárlón is a large glacial lake on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park and developed into a lake after the glacier started receding from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The lake has grown because of melting of the glaciers and has increased fourfold since in the 1970s. It recently became the deepest lake in Iceland, over 248 metres.

Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in Iceland

The icebergs calve from the glacier edge and then move and fluctuates towards the river mouth along with the tide and the wind and get entrenched at the bottom. Its very beautiful and calming listening to the cracking sound of the icebergs when they move and float around. Especially its beautiful during sunrise and or sunset. That is such a spectacular sight and once in a lifetime experience. The icebergs are seen in two shades as milky white and bright blue, which depends on the air trapped within the ice and is an interplay of light and ice crystals. Beautiful seals and birds can also be seen swimming around in the lagoon. Doesn't this sound like a fairy-tale place?!

Diamond Beach

On the other side of the road there is also a beautiful black sand beach where you can see ice-cubes and crystals that are washed up from the sea, which is actually very beautiful especially at dawn, sunrise or sunset because then light illuminates the icebergs. Sometimes this beach is called the diamond beach which is totally understandable. Try the Winter Self Drive Tour to Diamond Beach.

Diamond Beach near Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon

If you want to visit a place that is both beautiful, spectacular and peaceful at the same time then here you have it. For more info you are welcome to drop a line !

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