Iceland - Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon - In the southeast of Iceland, you'll find a glacier lagoon filled with large chunks of ice. This ice lagoon has become one of Iceland's most popular attractions due to its immense beauty.
Jökulsárlón is one of Iceland's natural crown jewels, we've even started calling the nearby black beach our Diamond Beach, as the ice chunks lying on it resemble diamonds glistening in the sun. Thousands of people are drawn to it, all year round, we have an incredible amount of stunning pictures of it and it's even Iceland's most popular filming location!
Jokulsarlon forms a part of Vatnajökull National Park, that is characterised by ice, glacier tongues, rugged highlands and lava landscape.
The lagoon is formed naturally, from melted glacial water coming from the glacier and is getting bigger each year, as big blocks of ice crumble from the ever decreasing glacier into the lagoon.
Although the lake is becoming more impressive as it increases in size, it takes its toll on the glacier, visibly demonstrating the effects of global warming. That makes the lagoon and the nearby glacier tongue even more special, since it will look different each and every time you go there due to the constant change of the Icelandic landscape. Each visit is unique.
The glacier tongue coming down into the lake is very close to the sea, and the lagoon is connected to the sea, the seawater also aiding to melt the ice from the glacier. The chunks of ice that fall into the lagoon slowly melt and drift out to sea, where the Atlantic waves crash on them at the black volcanic beach that's found there.
This black stretch of sand gets covered in translucent, compact ice that's thousands of years old that glistens in the sun, much like diamonds. This is how the beach has earned itself the nickname Diamond Beach.
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