Jokülsárlón Lagoon and Diamond Beach are a true and amusing photographic parks in Iceland, a country that has become a must-see for nature lovers in general and photography lovers in particular.
One of the most important elements in any trip is always the choice of dates. Visiting Iceland in January has advantages. It is a time of low season, wiith what that means in terms of fewer visitors and more adjusted prices, along with having more hours at night to try to get lucky with the northern lights.
Although on the other hand, the few hours of light limit activities, and the probability of bad weather is much higher, something that can spoil the trip.
You have to be aware of all this before choosing to travel to an arctic area in winter, although if what you enjoy is with the frozen landscapes, the decision is clear.
This was a trip with quite a few remarkable enclaves, and in this post I would like to share two of them, the Jokülsárlón glacial lagoon and its adjoining Diamond Beach.
Firstly mention its location, being in the south of the island, about a five-hour drive from the capital Reykjavik.
Jokülsárlón is a lagoon that acts as a drain for the Vatnajökull glacier, one of the largest in Europe, and with an outlet to the Atlantic Ocean at the opposite side.
Large blocks of ice hang from the edge of the glacier and can almost completely cover the lagoon.
The blocks move very slowly to the south, passing under the bridge that acts as the border with the ocean.
Throughout the journey and once at the sea, the blocks melt and end up becoming small pieces that the tide deposits on the beach next to the mouth, transferring the metaphorical image of a beach plagued with diamonds, hence the name from Diamod Beach.
The beach is a dynamic environment in permanent change. The tide moves the blocks of ice. The water creates in its withdrawal kinetic lines that last just a second. Treacherous waves get your feet wet, or even throw you to the ground if you are not attentive. I can attest that this water is very cold.
The sunset time is magical, and due to latitude, much longer than we are used to in southern Europe
And once there you have to cross your fingers for luck to accompany you and the night turns green.
It is a really beautiful place that I think I would never tire of. We will have to try to return at some point.
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