In Depth: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach
Even just my first glimpse of the piercing blue of the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon made me gasp, and crossing the bridge over a gushing tide carrying icebergs glistening in the sunshine completely made my jaw drop.
My friends and I disembarked our tour bus, jaws agape, and could not stop remarking how amazing the view was. It seemed unreal; the warm sunshine perfectly juxtaposing the frigid glaciers in the lagoon and making for the perfect scene as sunshine reflected and sent sparkles dancing across our vision.
We set out to explore the area and took copious pictures that hardly even begin to capture the true blue of the lagoon and the insane, unbelievable beauty of it all. We were besides ourselves, speechless in shock of this sight before us, which we agreed could quite possibly be the most beautiful thing we’ve seen in our lives.
Movement in the water surprised us as we were delighted to witness a seal splashing around in the glacier lagoon, alongside some ducklings perfectly contrasting against the green-blue of the water.
I ran along the edge of the lagoon to reach a point just under the bridge where I could admire the lagoon in its entirety as the tide carried chunks of ice right past me. It’s truly a sight I’ll never forget for as long as I live.
Opposite the bridge at the entrance of the lagoon is Diamond Beach, a black sand beach covered in chunks of glaciers that sparkle in the sunlight and look like glimmering diamonds contrasting against the dark volcanic ash.
Icebergs of all shapes and sizes decorated the shoreline and we were even able to run up and stand on one when the tide was low.
Seeing ice all over a black sand beach – something I’d normally associate with tropical volcanic islands – was a pleasant juxtaposition that made for some incredible pictures and an unforgettable mental image representing Iceland’s common tourist catchphrase: “the land of fire and ice.”