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Jokulsarlon Lagoon

Skaftafell National Park | Route 1, Iceland
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Ranked #1 of 301 attractions in Iceland
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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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Los Gatos, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This attraction features a lake at the end of an active glacier where the glacier breaks off into many small icebergs. The lagoon with floating icebergs is impressive. There is a smaller lagoon that is just south of this attraction that has a more impressive glacier, and less impressive lagoon. Both lagoons have boat tours that give you a closer... More

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Sherwood Park, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

During our stay based in Reykjavik we decided to rent a car and head to the south. Going to Jokulsarlon was absolutely, positively worth the drive from Reykjavik. There is nothing like this we've ever seen. And the only surprise was that it was a much larger lagoon than we imagined. It was packed with tourist and day buses, but... More

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Auburn, Michigan
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64 reviews 64 reviews
37 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Jokulsarlon Lagoon even from shore was amazing. The icebergs large and small were all over drifting there way to the ocean. An amazing meeting of two waters. Loved it.

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New York City, New York
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74 reviews 74 reviews
44 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Wow! Such an incredible place. We took a little boat into the lagoon to see the huge floating pieces of ice that broke off from the nearby glacier. The guide explained how the ice above the water differs in color from the ice below the water and how the buoyancy of the iceberg changes constantly until it flips over. If... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Beautiful site, with blue glaciers, crystal clear water, great weather (in the summer only). I recommend taking a boat on the lagoon, this way you get to see more of it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This is a wonderful place. We visited it four times - in the early evening on the west side, during the day and at 11pm on the east side and the beaches. To fully appreciate its beauty and the magnificent birds you need to walk away from the crowds. We walked 3 miles along the eastern shore along the lakeside... More

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Orono, Maine
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This place is so incredibly unique, it's like no where in the world. This type of image is what you think of when you think of the oddity of Iceland. These icebergs coming out of the water extending to the ocean look like a movie set. As I was injured, I could not spend more time exploring the area. However,... More

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Lethbridge, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This was a definite highlight from our trip around the ring road! We walked around the beaches and the bay, and were captivated by the icebergs! The restaurant/gift shop was a mad house, so not a great place to eat/rest. But really, the icebergs are enough to bring you here from Reykjavik.

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Hamilton, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Seriously pictures can't capture the feeling this place gives you! The lagoon is large and so are the icebergs... The pictures are deceiving. Not to mention Europe's largest glacier dipping right into the lagoon! So peaceful and calm. There is a smaller lagoon just west of the main one and the icebergs there are enormous!!! Well worth a visit!

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Seattle, Washington
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Jokulsarlon was a highlight of our trip to Iceland. The light has so much to do with what you see that it is impossible capture the natural beauty of this location in a single visit (unless that is all you can do). We made three visits over two and half days (with our three girls 12/9/5) and each was remarkably... More

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