Not All Beaches Are Warm

 

Pinkly Perfect Contributor Maureen Devenny dishes on the beaches she saw on her recent trip to Iceland.

Iceland, a country appropriately named for its frigid weather, is the last place you’d expect to find a tourist beach. But I found myself staring at the most spectacular beach I’ve ever seen, just last week as I road-tripped around Iceland with a friend. It was spectacular for reasons that would surprise you.

 

I mean, just look at it: a beach with black sand, covered in ice that looks like diamonds. This amazing sight was actually a result of global warming (eek!). Several miles inland from this beach is an ancient glacier that is rapidly melting, receding at a rate of about 100 meters (about 300 feet, give or take) per year. The melting glacier has created a lagoon, which didn’t exist 80 years ago but gets larger each year. The lagoon is so big now that it meets the sea.

 

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The icebergs are enormous. Check out the bird at the top left for size comparison!

 

Pieces of ice shear off the glacier into icebergs, and get progressively smaller as the ice breaks and melts on its journey toward the coast. You can actually tell how long the ice has been separated from the glacier by color: newer pieces range from white to blue, and the older, smaller pieces are transparent. Older ice is polished as it floats around in the lagoon, creating beautiful sculptures.

 

Delicate One of a Kind

The ice sculptures were delicate and absolutely one-of-a-kind.

 

During low tide, some of the smaller pieces are left on the shore to glitter and sparkle. And of course, make amazing photographs.

 

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Maureen on the beach!

 

While this was not a beach where you’d want to take a dip, it is certainly worth a visit–if you’re ever in the neighborhood!

 

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