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    Posted July 26, 2012 by
    Richmond, Virginia
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    Travel snapshots: Volcanoes

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    Iceland – Not Your Average Beach


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    When one hears of Iceland, I can assume, with fair certainty, that any thought remotely close to “amazing beaches” comes to mind. However, after a trip to this remote island in May, this is exactly what comes to my mind.

    I have never experienced a beach as unique as the no-named black sand beaches near Jökulsárlón. Jökulsárlón (say it 3 times fast), is a glacial lagoon in southeast Iceland, formed after a glacier on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean began receding, dropping icebergs along the way. In summer, the icebergs melt and roll down the mouth of the lagoon’s exit, directly into the Atlantic Ocean.

    It is an incredibly different beach experience – to stand on black volcanic sand, hear the crackle of icebergs melting, and watch intently as massive icebergs rush by into the ocean, victims of the rapid current. Some icebergs are carried by the tide and deposited on shore, of which the contrast of volcanic sand and aqua blue ice is beautiful. The washed up icebergs are also fun to climb on (carefully) and explore. With a glacier and snow capped mountains behind you and the roaring ocean around you, it is the perfect photo opportunity.

    Getting there could not be simpler – start in the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik, and take Route 1 east for 160 miles. As this is Iceland’s only main road, you can’t, and shouldn’t, miss it.
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