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Jokulsarlon Black Sand Beach, Iceland

Jokulsarlon Black Sand Beach, Iceland

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Jökulsárlón is a large glacial lake in southeast Iceland, on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park. Situated at the head of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, it developed into a lake after the glacier started receding from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.

The lake has grown since then at varying rates because of melting of the glaciers. It is now 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) away from the ocean's edge and covers an area of about 18 km2 (6.9 sq mi). It recently became the deepest lake in Iceland, at over 248 metres (814 ft), as glacial retreat extended its boundaries.

The size of the lake has increased fourfold since the 1970s and just on the other side of the ring road is this black sand beach. These huge icebergs are an amazing site sitting rite on the shoreline. It is considered as one of the natural wonders of Iceland.

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