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The Glacial Lagoon Jökulsárlón, Iceland

The Glacial Lagoon Jökulsárlón, Iceland

On the southeast coast of Iceland lies Jökulsárlón, one of the most beautiful and photogenic areas in the country (and that is saying something). Jökulsárlón translated into English means “glacial river lagoon”, as descriptive a name as you will ever find. Over time, as the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier slowly recedes from the ocean shore, the lagoon has slowly filled the deep glacial valley left behind. The chunks of ice breaking off the glacier now make a journey of about 1 mile through the lagoon to the Atlantic Ocean, creating a beautiful setting of floating white/blue icebergs surrounded by a deep blue lake and the glacier-covered mountains beyond.

There are actually two areas to explore on either side of the Ring Road with different personalities. On the east side of the highway, a black sand beach littered with small chunks of ice stretches in both directions. On the west side of the highway, the lagoon stretches to the foot of the mountains, where the glacier terminates in a massive wall of ice. You can also take a boat out on to the lagoon for close-up views of the ice and glacier.