jökulsárlón - The Beauty of Ice
Jökulsárlón is a large glacial lake or a lagoon in southeast Iceland. It is one of Iceland's most popular tourist attraction, and not without reason. The lagoon is one of a handful of places where you can get near a glacier without entering the wilderness or the Icelandic highland. Jökulsárlón lagoon forms part of Vatnajökull National Park, and has become one of Iceland’s most popular attractions!
The landscape is full of broken icebergs, streaked blue and black, floating with the tide, occasionally breaking apart in a mighty crash.
It is estimated that the glacial lake has actually doubled in size over the past fifteen years or so! Given Vatnajökull’s relatively quick rate of retreat, it is probable that there will be a tremendous fjord formed in the area in the near future as well.
Jökulsárlón literally means glacier lagoon (Jökull - glacier, lón - lagoon)
The area is rich of wildlife - Seals can often be seen swimming in the lagoon and by the coastline, or relaxing on top of an iceberg floating in the lagoon.
On the shores of Jökulsárlón are Iceland’s world-famous “black sand beaches,” but on this particular shoreline there are icebergs of various sizes and shapes perched on the dark, jewel-like expanses of sand.
Iceland is truly a unique and magical place! If you are planning a trip to Iceland any time soon, do make sure to add jökulsárlón to your check-list!