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Jokulsarlon Lagoon

Skaftafell National Park | Route 1, Iceland
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Ranked #1 of 277 attractions in Iceland
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Type: Bodies of Water
Traveler Description: Quite simply: you have to see it. Its quite a long drive from Reykjavik - approximately 5 hours - so you may wish to find a local place to stay.  The... more »
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120 reviews 120 reviews
28 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The lagoon was amazing with the blue icebergs. We were there in winter, so the boats weren't going out, but you can stop along the road and hike over teh hills to get a bigger view of the lagoon. The black sand beach on the other side is a must see too. The icebergs wash back onto the beach and... More

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Bothell, Washington
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

We were here in April when there was lots of ice you could stand on just a few steps from shore. The ice is breathtaking and you will leave with some amazing pictures. If you come to iceland and do not stop here then you need better traveling partners.

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New Hampshire
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We loved it here. The lagoon was full of ice burgs and so very scenic. Don't forget to head down to the beach where there are ice burgs on the black sands as well as some floating in the beach. There are several turn offs in this area, but the best is probably at the bridge where you can go... More

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Long Island, New York
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54 reviews 54 reviews
15 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

MAJESTIC MOTHER NATURE! Breathtaking! Mind boggling! OMG! Outrageous! it does take your breath away! It is about a 5 hour drive from the airport. We stayed nearby overnight and it was well worth it. We had hoped to see the Northern Lights but alas and alack... such was not the case however, we did see this and it was truly... More

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Paris, France
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

At Jökulsarlon, chunks of ice break off from a glacier, and they float off to the Ocean. When the wind comes from the sea, it brings them back onto the black beach. The beach, strewn with chunks of ice large and small, is a photographer's dream. Highly recommended.

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Cedar Grove, New Jersey
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

There are no words for this place! It's free to walk around and check everything out, and it's absolutely worth the long drive. We saw tons of floating iceberg pieces and seals, and it was awesome! We also walked across the street to the beach and that was incredible, as well. There was tons of washed up blue ice everywhere..... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

A classic postcard view. The strange shapes and colours of the ice that has broken off the glacier are otherworldly. There were seals swimming around the ice when we visited, an added bonus From the lagoon it is a short walk to the black sand beach where you will see more ice washed up on the shoreline. Please factor in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. The ice really is THAT blue! It was hellishly cold, hailstones, a 3 hour drive on slippy snow bound roads from where we were staying (Vik) but my God it was worth it. I didn't want to leave. I could not stop saying WOW. Seals were playing... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

A must see in Iceland. You will become speechless and feel like being in another planet, what an amazing country Iceland is!

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Palatine, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

I spend a few days photographing this lagoon in January. (Bring your tripod!) The little cafe was open on the weekend day and had lovely hot chocolate with rum. However, the cafe was closed the following day. It was January so it might not have had regular hours in the off season. Be warned if you need to potty! This... More

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