Photo by James Aspen
Alright, you may not actually want to take a plunge into these freezing waters, but Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is absolutely a can't miss experience if you find yourself visiting the land of fire and ice. Last fall I spent a week in Iceland, and I can tell you firsthand, there is something truly special about taking a boat ride through this glacier-filled lake.
I can vividly remember pulling up to Glacier Lagoon's stunning black sand beach. I could hardly believe my eyes at how stunning it was. This charcoal beach was heavily covered in large chunks of ice that spread far out into the lagoon. To my surprise, I wasn't the only one enjoying the ambience, as several seals popped their heads out of the icy blue water every couple of minutes.
Unfortunately, the water was not the only thing that was frigid at Glacier Lagoon; the temperature there was freezing! I went to the lagoon wearing a sweater and a light jacket and soon regretted this choice. The cold air surrounding the lagoon had me shivering about halfway through our boat tour. While this didn't lessen the wonderful time I had, I do suggest that if you visit, you dress yourself super warm.
As beautiful as North America's national parks are, this was truly a unique experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. Iceland may be known for it's incredible views of the northern lights, but in my eyes, there is nothing more magical than a journey through Glacier Lagoon.