Located on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park in southern Iceland, and formed when the Vatnajökull Glacier melted, the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lake stretches for over 11 miles. A setting worthy of a fantasy film, the best way to discover this natural wonder is via a small amphibious boat. Sail between the icebergs and greet the seals that call this nook home. From here, admire the ice block’s pastel colors, which vary according to their sulfur content and age.
Once on land, there are plenty of opportunities for amateur photographers. We recommend taking a walk and marveling at the thousands of little blue transparent ice blocks that wash ashore on Diamond Beach. Fun fact: this interesting phenomenon is what gives the black sand-hued beach its name. If you’re an early riser, head to Jökulsárlón at sunrise when the pink reflections on the ice and water create jaw-dropping views.
And if you're visiting Jökulsárlón during the summer solstice, waking up early is a must. The sun rises as early as 3 a.m. during the summer months thanks to Iceland's unique geographical location.