If you find yourself in Iceland and have the opportunity to see more than The Golden Circle, we suggest you head east. There, an amazing place awaits you: Jökulsárlón
In the lagoon Jökulsárlón, Europe’s largest glacier Vatnajökull, comes right down to the water. Now and then she calves off pieces, resulting in large and small blocks of ice bobbing quietly in the lagoon before the flow takes them out to sea. The sea then pushes them back to shore, where many of them are marooned on the pitch black beach, some crushed into ice cubes or many small ’diamond’ pieces. Wow, what an amazing place!
With the right weather and light, this is paradise for photo enthusiasts and we did struggle a little for space, with tripods and lenses popping up everywhere. It was early in the day, the sky was gray and it was quiet. Fascinated, we admired the large turquoise blocks of ice in the lagoon, while seals swam calmly around them. Slowly we walked out onto the pitch black beach and were surrounded by diamonds large and small. Some in turquoise, some white and some clear like crystal. Just then the sun made an appearance and magical became other worldly.