Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland
Visitors flock to Vatnajökull National Park to see Iceland’s deepest lake at close quarters. Breathtaking in its beauty, it makes for a spectacular sight. But Jökulsárlón also feels rather otherworldly. Like a land from a far and frozen planet, there can be no question that this place has an alien atmosphere. It might be the still blue waters, or it might be the striking black sands. It might be the ancient icebergs that float on the peaceful surface and wash up on the lapping shores, or it might be the deafening silence that abounds. Regardless, this is a place like nowhere else on Earth. Coming here can be a haunting experience.
Located on Iceland’s stunning southern coast, Jökulsárlón has long been a popular spot with those keen to leave normal life behind. Grab gloves and a warm jacket and look out for the diamond-like ice chunks marooned on the black beaches.