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How cool is a selfie inside the spectacular formation of a blue ice cave?

How cool is a selfie inside the spectacular formation of a blue ice cave?

 

It is a bit surprising in a country that has a lot to offer regarding natural wonders and attractions to witness how tourists and visitors find and define new places. Places that quite unexpectedly become popular or even develop into landmarks.  Places that Icelanders almost never visited before tourism started to explode some years ago and never thought of as exciting.  The most extreme example is the Navy DC plane that crashed on Mýrdalssandur in November 1973.  Even today it would be hard to find an Icelander visiting this crash site or even admitting to ever coming near this crashed plane. Among Icelanders, the crash site is usually ranked as one of the ridiculous tourist attraction in Iceland.

Other attractions that Icelanders just didn't discover but are quite interesting

Then there are a few places that visitors found and started to photograph and visit that are highly interesting, but Icelanders didn't really get or understand.  One spot is the shoreline by the Jökulsárlón Iceberg Lagoon where small and sometimes large icebergs accumulate as they float from the lagoon.  The Icebergs are occasionally transparent and sometimes filled with black stripes from eruptions that occurred centuries ago. As they float on the shore only to melt down as the hit the ocean, they often give the pebble beach a magnificent look.  Sometimes the shore develops into a magnificent site with icebergs ready for a perfect selfie or a photo from the trip.  As the icebergs melt, they often seem like giant diamonds. After this shoreline by Jökulsárlón became popular one thing was missing, a name.  At some point, visitors and tourists started to call this beach the Diamond beach on their social media websites. Contrary to the plane on Mýrdalssandur, many Icelanders enjoy visiting the Diamond beach only to regret that they didn't discover it before the tourists.   

Diamond beach is easy to find and easy to visit

If you are on the Ring Road Nr. 1 and driving the southeast region by Jökulsárlón Iceberg lagoon, you only cross the road by the bridge and walk to the beach.  You need to be careful when passing and you can also park on the south side of the road. The Diamond beach is actually a magical place in the sense that you can forget time as you wander among the many small icebergs by the shore and speculate about their forms.  The Diamond beach is also irresistibly photogenetic.

Nearby places

Jökulsárlón - Fjallsárlón - Svínafellsjökull - Skaftafell - Lómagnúpur

Diamond beach in Iceland

View our VIDEO of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, one of the most popular and most fascinating attraction in Iceland. The lagoon is sometimes full of icebergs and puts on a captivating show as the icebergs strive for the coast. A lagoon where natural forces play a constant and everlasting game. The Atlantic ocean vs. the river full of icebergs from the glacier tongue and the glacier lagoon. A place where natural forces are moving. Prepare your trip to Iceland for better enjoyment and plan your vacation and places to go on Hit Iceland.

Jokulsarlon glacier iceberg lagoon

I started my four and a half hour drive early as the weather forecast was great. I was on my way to visit Ice Caves for my information web page Hit Iceland.

Crystal Cave in Vatnajökull Glacier

A glacier tongue is a fascinating phenomenon in the Icelandic landscape. Glacier tongues can be seen in a number of places when you drive the Ring Road in the southern region.   A glacier tongue is really an enormous part of a glacier falling from the top or the ice cap down a long slope, sometimes hundreds of meters high.  Due to the mass of ice involved, the speed of the ice is very slow as it moves down the slope.

Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue is a accessible place to view the magnificent 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. It is easily accessible located on the Ring Road, the main road around Iceland.  Lón means a lagoon and Jökulsárlón is usually full of icebergs breaking away from the large glacier tongue Breiðarmerkurjökull, which is part of the glacier Vatnajökull, the largest ice cap in Europe. It is a tourist attraction that visitors are more or less stunned after viewing and watching for a few hours.  Watch our VIDEO of the lagoon.

A stunning work of nature

Some centuries ago the glacier tongue reached the coastline by the Atlantic Ocean. Gradually, the glacier started melting and thus declining and forming the lake on the sandy shore.  The lake is getting larger, and the glacier tongue is retreating.  In the seventies the lake was eight square kilometers, today the lake covers 18 square kilometers and is Iceland's deepest lake approximately 248 meters.  The fascination revolves around the ongoing icebergs falling from the glacier tongue, falling into the lagoon, melting,  rolling and floating the one and a half kilometer towards the Atlantic ocean. Sometimes overcrowded with icebergs each with its character and form and sometimes almost empty. It is like viewing and following nature's working hours.Although many glacier tounges are retreating because of Global Warming Breiðamerkurjökull is retreating faster because of the warmer sea forcing its way into the lagoon at high tides.  But then again one of the effects of Climate changes is an increase in ocean temprature in the northern hemisphere. 

Access to the Jökulsárlón lagoon is as simple as it gets and often in movies

If you travel the Ring Road, Road Nr. 1, you can not miss Jökulsárlón as it is practically on the main road between Skaftafell and Höfn.  It is by any measure an impressive sight and has been a setting for many internationally acclaimed films: A View to a Kill, Die Another Day, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Batman Begins, as well as, the reality TV series Amazing Race. At one point in time, it was such a popular setting for films that it was nicknamed the Bond Lagoon.  For photographers, it is a wealth of motives as the foreground is ever changing and the background also as it is consistently affected by weather in the mountains and glaciers surrounding the lagoon.

A lot of life in the cold and deep lagoon

Although many visitors might think of the lagoon as a lifeless lake it is far from the truth. The lagoon is full of life and is filled with herring, trout, salmon and krill drifting from the sea with the tides.  Often a large number of seals are playfully enjoying the day in the water, and thousands of seabirds are nesting nearby, especially the Arctic terns, skuas, gannets, and puffins. And after you finish enjoying the lagoon, a walk to the shore, the Diamond Beach is worth the time you spend viewing the melting icebergs moving around on the pebble beach. 

Sailing on the lagoon is an experience like nothing else and unforgettable

Several tour companies offer sailing along the lake, which is an experience you are not likely to forget. Be sure to bring your camera along as the lagoon almost always delivers stunning photos. There is always a new form of iceberg around the corner.

Places nearby Jökulsárlón

Skaftafell - Svínafellsjökull - Fjallsárlón - Svartifoss - Lómagnúpur

Jokulsarlon is simply a great place to stop while driving the ring road selfdrive