Glacier Lagoon
Glacier Lagoon
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Nestled within Vatnajökull National Park, Jökulsárlón is a stunning glacial lagoon filled with icebergs of all shapes and sizes. Hop on a boat tour to get close to the icebergs—you’ll get the chance to taste the 1,000-year-old ice. Some of the ice chunks wash out onto Diamond Beach, a hidden gem nearby, making the black sand sparkle—there are plenty of great photo opportunities here. Visit Jökulsárlón on a tour of Iceland’s south coast, which will also take you to the spectacular Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls along the way. – Tripadvisor
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  • Bonnie S
    36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful tour!
    We did the zodiac tour and our captain, Christian, was wonderful. He was funny, engaging and gave us great information about the icebergs, wildlife and the lagoon. We saw several harbor seals and were able to get some great views of the newest icebergs. Definitely recommend doing this! Afterward we drove across the Ring Road to walk on Diamond Beach which was beautiful!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 7, 2023
  • ERFSU82
    Wellington, Florida1,373 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular Beauty
    An other-worldly scene of pure beauty, where you can see icebergs up close and watch them drift under the bridge and out to sea. We arrived midday, so it was fairly crowded. There was plenty of parking and a small cafe. Across the road is Diamond Beach, where small chunks of ice wash up along the shore. You can park in either parking lot and walk along the path under the bridge.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 10, 2023
  • Heddy G
    Malvern, Pennsylvania558 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See
    We didnt have time to take a boat tour so we just walked around looking at all the cool icebergs. Even spotted some seals. It was a very cool afternoon, worth a stop. There were food trucks and bathrooms off the parking lot also. Not sure if the trucks are always there because we were there on a holiday.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 29, 2023
  • Eric
    Dayton, Ohio71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking - got to go see it.
    The lagoon is so cool; the ice in the water is breathtaking. We walked the beach all the way down to the Diamond beach and played with the ice that had washed up on the shore. We also got to see a seal playing in the lagoon. We could have been here for hours despite rainy weather. We did not take a tour.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Rebecca B
    Hambleden, United Kingdom50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic experience
    We booked an Amphibious boat trip and I was worried it might be too short but actually turned out perfect as the Zodiac boats weren’t running on the day we visited due to too much ice. Had a fabulous visit and saw lots of seals and beautiful ice formations. Afterwards a short walk across the road to see diamond beach. Well worth visiting.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 4, 2023
  • orrdin
    New York884 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Zodiac tour with Glacier Lagoon company
    The like is phenomenal and the Glacier Lagoon company did a great job with the zodiac tour. You get to see the whole lagoon and also get close to ice formations and we saw quite a few seals on the ice. Really great adventure.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 7, 2023
  • DanielYoon727
    Boston, Massachusetts64 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Boat Tour of Glacier
    My wife and I did a boat tour. We considered kayaking but we are so glad we did a boat because they take you all the way out 7km to the glacier wall. It was awesome. Knowledgeable guides and fun experience. Really sad though to see how much is melting because of climate change. These types of things aren’t forever!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 14, 2023
  • stevenutah
    Highland, Utah276 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous place to visit!
    This was one of our favorite places in Iceland, and we were fortunate to be here on a sunny day. The blue glacier water, the icebergs, and the snow capped mountains are simply stunning. It's well worth the effort to get here. Be sure to walk down to the black sand diamond beach after you visit the lagoon.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Diana M
    Melbourne, Florida160 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must See!
    A must see! Jokullsarlon glacier is full of various sizes of icebergs gently floating by or standing still. The various shades of turquoise and blue hues are beautiful. Make great photos! Sometimes you will see seals resting on an iceberg! If you are going to Iceland, you must put this on your to do list!!!
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Kritsana P
    Rayong, Thailand1,885 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome
    Jökulsárlón is the largest and best known glacial lake in Iceland. The lake is aprox. 200 meters deep and now probably the second deepest lake in Iceland. The lake is situated at the south end of Vatnajökull glacier. Jokulsarlon is located 80 km west from Hofn village. It’s easy access by car and take a little walk. No parking and entrance fee.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 12, 2023
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Elaine R
Cork, Ireland13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
I visited Jokulsarlon in August 2019. It is a beautiful location and I would recommend visiting it. However, I would advise you to be wary of booking the amphibian tour. I booked for my friend and me on the actual day in their office with a credit card. Unfortunately, the tour was cancelled at the last minute because of bad weather. The tour employee assured everyone who paid by card that the refunds would be done automatically. I spent 3 months sending e-mails and calling the tour office to be told my €85.90 was refunded, although it hadn't been. I finally received my refund in November thanks to my own bank reversing the transaction. If you want to do the amphibian tour, I would recommend paying for it in cash on the day and also ensuring that you get your cash back on the day if the tour is cancelled. Iceland is such an expensive country that you're going to spend a fortune there anyway without having totally unnecessary stress in relation to refunds.
Written March 16, 2021
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Janiina K
Espoo, Finland25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Wonderful glacier lake experience with super nice guide (I cannot remember his name but he’s from Spain). I can highly recommend this experience and company to everyone!

Another great thing was the extraordinary service: The Glacier Lagoon team really took an extra mile with the service when I realized that I had lost my phone after the boat trip. They took the time to help me and my husband with the search. A week later (when I had already lost hope of finding my phone), my husband got a call that my phone was found from the company facilities. We were already back in Reykjavik and about to leave the country within two days. These nice folks found a bus that was coming to Reykjavik and the following morning I got my phone from a really nice bus driver from. I guess it’s true when they say that the Icelandic people are the nicest in the world! Thanks again Glacier Lagoon team – we shall return!
Written July 7, 2020
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Chetan
Boston, MA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
We took zodiac boat tour and were not mesmerized by the floating ice all over. It's a different experience to see glaciers in the middle of the lake. It's not about the boat tour but with the help of boat, you go to the middle of the lake and see the untouched beauty, highly recommend it. I visited it in 2019.
Written November 20, 2020
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bskramer
The Villages, FL320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
My daughter and I visited Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon as part of a tour on our way to the Vatnajökull National Park.  On the day we toured this area, it was very windy and cold.  Low isibility made it difficult to see the ocean and glacier.  It would have been nice to see both of these locations on a sunny day, but we were happy to have the opportunity to view icebergs regardless of the weather conditions.  The lagoon was filled with many different shapes and sizes of icebergs on the day we visited.  Opportunities for viewing were excellent and there were even a few seals swimming in the lake.  Prior to getting in the amphibious boat, we spent some time in the snack bar/souvenir shop to warm up.  When it was time for our tour, we piled in single file into the vehicle.  Everyone was required to wear a life vest and sit while the vehicle drove on land and entered the water.  It was very crowded sitting, but after we were in the water, we were allowed to stand to take photographs.  It was cold on the lake, but exhilarating to be sailing among icebergs.  Our tour guide did a great job of talking about the lagoon and the glacier.  Eventually, a small craft pulled alongside our boat and delivered some glacial ice from the lagoon.  This was passed around for photographs.  After about 30 minutes, we sailed back to land and then drove for disembarkation near the snack/souvenir shop.  The cold, wind, and wetness definitely made this experience challenging.  If you can go on a sunny day, I am sure you would have a better experience, but most likely you will be booked into a reserved time as we experienced.  I would definitely recommend this experience regardless of the weather.  It is a unique opportunity to experience glacial icebergs up close in a safe environment.  If you travel here, definitely visit Diamond Beach first before taking the amphibious boat ride.  These will greatly enhance your experience.  
Written May 27, 2022
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Velimir Gluhak
Desinic, Croatia17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is something you don’t want to miss on your golden circle road trip. it really is something special and amazing, a masterpiece of nature itself presenting a large lagoon of ice melting down do the shores of the "diamond beach. The sun plays in the ice and it really is a stunning scenery. i would advise you to pick a sunny day, but trust me a gray rainy/snowy day isn't so bad as it sounds, its something worth visiting.
Written March 30, 2020
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marts03
Poughkeepsie, NY95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
I've had the privilege of visiting Glacier Lagoon in November, March, and August. While each season brings different weather and lighting conditions, the Glacier Lagoon never fails to impress. And there is always ice floating in the lagoon and on the beach. Although many people use the lagoon more as a base to take tours (Zodiac boats, ice cave - both of which I also recommend), it's worth simply spending time to walk at the Lagoon from the main parking lot along the path to the beach. In addition to the floating ice, it's also possible to see seals and birds in the area.

While it's possible to visit the Glacier Lagoon from Reykjavik and return in the same day, it's a very long day. Recommend to do at least 1 overnight on the South Coast so you can more fully enjoy all the Coast has to offer.
Written March 11, 2022
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Jun David
Toronto, Canada851 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Truly one of the most stunning places I've been to.

Located in Jokusarlon in the Southeast part of Iceland. This lagoon is filled with icebergs. These are the film locations for Game of Thrones, Tomb Raider and Star Wars.

During the winter, the place is very slippery and I recommend wearing crampons. We were lucky when we went there as there is a sun that reflects the glaciers that brilliantly reflects on the icebergs.

The irony of this beautiful place is the sad reality that the glaciers are melting due to global warming.

This place is breathtaking and you should never miss when in Iceland.
Written February 4, 2020
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laylalae
Slovakia268 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This lake with its icebergs is definitely very nice but when something is right at Ring Road and there´s nothing more you need to do just step out of your car, that brings a lot of people to the nature attraction like this. Before traveling to Iceland I would´ve said that this was one of my must-sees but now I know there are more beautiful and less crowded spots in Iceland that are worth visiting.
I didn´t like the idea of mass tourist transportation on amphibian boat either. I found it as a pure commercial experience not taking the beautiful lagoon into account. I tried to find some info if these boats are using at least some sustainable energy but didn´t find any. So either they are spoiling their nature because of all those paying tourists or please mention the sustainable energy on the web as I think this should be necessary nowadays and people should care about it.
Written August 30, 2021
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RIchard035
Northwood, UK1,257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Jokulsarlon is a glacial lake filled with icebergs that has featured on two James Bond films. We went on a boat tour that starts of on land and then the boat drives into the water. The tour lasted about an hour an takes you around the lake providing close ups of the ice formations. You can even hold a big piece of ice in your hands. The views are spectacular. I would recommend booking a tour in advance but they do run every few minutes so you can probably get on one at short notice. There is a car park on site but it can get very busy. Facilities are quite limited but there are toilets.
Written May 8, 2023
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sabrinak136
New Orleans, LA1,475 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Taking a journey to see a glacier is an exciting moment when your home is in a city that has a mild winter and has only experienced snow seventeen times since 1850.
Jokulsarlon Glacier is roughly a five hour trip from Reykjavik so I would suggest taking a two day tour with Hidden Iceland. This tour allows other stops along the way and an opportunity to stay overnight at Lilja Guesthouse which is a quaint hotel in the countryside.
Jokulsarlon Glacier is wonderful to visit during the summer months because it is not too cold (temperature on a July evening was roughly 50 degrees). The visit to Jokulsarlon Glacier was quiet and peaceful. There were visitors but not overwhelming. The crowd was very calm and they were simply interested in watching the beauty of nature on a cool summer day. As you visit you will see many sea birds and even seals playing in the water.
However, if you have an opportunity be sure to take a boat tour out on the glacier for about 40mins ($50.00 U.S. Guide to Iceland) I didn’t have this option however, I am sure this adventure will provide you with a more up close and personal view of Jokulsarlon Glacier. Jokulsarlon Glacier is said to be the most beautiful in Iceland so I believe this boat ride will not disappoint. Jokulsarlon Glacier is just as spectacular to view from the shore and it was once again my reminder of the immense beauty and splendor of the natural world found in Iceland. I highly recommend a visit to Jokulsarlon Glacier for your bucket list. The visit is one that will not disappoint and definitely will remain on your most memorable vacation moments list.
Written January 21, 2024
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