Diamond Beach

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.



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4 Comments

  • Der er det virkelig vakkert! Jeg var der på en skikkelig sur gråværsdag i mars, men det var fint likevel. Var ikke nede på stranden, da, for vi hadde gjort for dårlig research og visste ikke at det var noe vi absolutt burde fått med oss. Jeg drømmer om godvær neste gang jeg kommer dit, det må være helt fantastisk!

    • Åh, så trist at du ikke fikk med deg stranden. Men som du sier: neste gang! 🙂

      En hemmelighet: Vi kom hit sent en ettermiddag, syntes lagunen var litt trist og grå, det var jo nesten ikke is i den. Vi gjorde ikke så mye mer ut av dagen, det ble mørkt. Som noen flere gjorde, parkerte vi her for natten.
      Dagen etter våkner vi altså her, og lagunen er full av is, og lyset… som du ser på bildene. 🙂

      Jeg sutret dessuten ganske høylydt da vi akkurat denne natten hadde overskyet, og det var 90% sjanse over hele Island for fantastisk nordlys. Jaja, man kan ikke få med seg alt! 😀

    • Tusen takk, Lindis 🙂

      Her kunne jeg vært hele dagen og lekt med kameraet!
      Bør besøkes om man reiser til Island. Så vakkert, så spesielt, og så skjørt – fortsetter den globale oppvarmingen that is …

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