Jökulsárlón: a Diamond Beach 

Iceland Storytelling

In the southeast of the island, you’ll find a glacier lagoon called Jökulsárlón, the immense beauty of which makes it one of Iceland’s natural crown jewels.

Since 1920, the glacier tongue rapidly retreated, and as a result, continually created icebergs of varying sizes.

Therefore, filled with large chunks of ice, Jökulsárlón is both enormous and fragile: it reveals the stark effects of global climate change, as the lake has grown with the pieces of glaciers’ melts that feed it, but exposing more and more of the lagoon as its edge.

It is really tough to relate the beauty of Jökulsárlón, because its magic has to be seen, and everything there is stunning.

First, it’s the play of colors: the sunlights make the ice cubes so shining on a black sand beach, that it gave rise to its name of Diamond Beach. Then, it also comes to shades of blue: the ice is so pure, not affected by any air pocket, that it leaves icebergs in different hues to appear from a light azure to a deep royal blue.

The view’s truly amazing, and the sky turns every shade of pink over Jökulsárlón when, in winter, the sun never rises really high.

All these icebergs floating in the lagoon in an icy dance was one of the most beautiful experiences that Iceland gave us.

Then it’s a matter of shapes: there are literally hundreds of them in different sizes, different patterns, sharped, rippled, smooth… the diversity is so big that some look like ice carvings.

Among all these different sculptures, you can sometimes hear seals, that can be spotted in the lagoon, sometimes basking on a translucent block of ice; occasionally a cracking noise, the groaning of the icebergs and the sound of flocks of birds, echoing over Jökulsárlón, in their perfect natural habitat.

There’s no other way this landscape will leave you truly amazed and just speechless. We wish we had more time to take advantage of the place and its enchanting atmosphere.