An Iconic Fantasy World of Rock and Ice
The Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon is, without a doubt, at the very top of my list of places to see in Iceland. Not only is it one of my favourite places, it is one that most definitely deserves all the superlatives of the English language—unbelievable, stunning, magnificent are three that instantly spring to mind. It’s the place, given only three or four days in the country, that I would go to first—and for two reasons:
First, just because of the unparalleled destination in itself. The second reason is that the drive from Reykjavik to Jökulsárlón takes you along the whole southern coast, which is so varied and dramatic that it makes the drive totally worth it. You could easily spend your entire vacation exploring the south coast and not run out of things to see and do.So accessible
There are not many glacial lagoons existing in the world today and certainly none that are this accessible. Located just a stone’s throw from the main ring road, the lagoon is actually much bigger and deeper than it appears.
With an area measuring 23 square km (36.8 square miles) in size, you could easily fit the island of Heimaey (in the Westman Islands) into it with room to spare. It’s 250 metres (825 feet) depth would fit five Leaning Towers of Pisa, stacked one on top of another!
Scenic boat tours
Upon arrival at the lagoon, you will find a small café where you can enjoy coffee, hot chocolate, waffles, or soup and sandwiches. Jökulsárlón ehf offers guided boat tours using specially-equipped amphibious boats which take you further into the lagoon, sailing among the icebergs. Across the road, where the lagoon flows into the sea, you can walk down to the water’s edge to witness the baby ‘bergs’ that dot the shoreline - a truly amazing sight!
Boat tours are available daily
July and August - 9.00 to 19.00
15th Sept. - 30th Sept. - 10.00 to 17.00
Kirkjubraut 7 • 780 Hornafirði
+354 478 2122