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Glacial Lagoon – Jökulárslón – articles and travel stories

The Glacial Lagoon – jökulsárlón in Icelandic – in the southeast corner of Iceland is one of the country’s famous places. And it is truly impressive, massive icebergs float around in the frigid water. In the distance, the massive Vatnajökull glacier looms. Distant booms sound when icebergs break off the glacier’s edge. It is how I would imagine how distant artillery fire would sound. I have been on the lagoon on a boat and that is well worth doing.

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Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon in Iceland. Photo by Mitch Hallahan.
See spectacular photos from an Iceland road trip by Mitch Hallahan from Australia. This is the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon in Iceland.

What Glacial Lagoon tours are available?

There are so many tours available which allow you to explore the beautiful Glacial Lagoon.

Would I recommend visiting the lagoon? Well, the short answer is a resounding yes! In fact, whenever I am on this remote part of Iceland I stop there and watch the spectacle of the icebergs floating on the lagoon in awe. I have gone on a boat trip to the lagoon and I just loved it so that is something I would recommend doing.

How to find hotels near the Glacial Lagoon

There are a few accommodations near the lagoon. Please note that the drive to the lagoon is a long one, 380 kilometers – 236 miles – no less. And in this way you will drive across the scenic south coast where there are so many great places to visit. So in many ways it is the ultimate road trip if you want to rent a car and explore on your own. In the interface below you will see the locations of available hotel rooms near the Glacial Lagoon.


Visit Diamond Beach

Iceland’s shortest glacial river runs off the lagoon and into the ocean. It brings with it blocks of ice which then washes ashore on the beach across the road. The interplay between the sunlight, the water, and the ice has created one of the best places in Iceland for photography.

Sunrise at Diamond Beach in Iceland or Breidamerkursandur. Photo by Martin Schulz.
Sunrise at Diamond Beach in Iceland or Breidamerkursandur. Photo by Martin Schulz.

In fact, this beach on the Breiðamerkursandur desert is often called ‘Diamond Beach‘. The diamonds being the icebergs and pieces of ice that come on shore from the lagoon.

How to get to the Glacial Lagoon?

From Reykjavik, rent a car and drive for 380 KM on the highway 1 east or join a tour to the lagoon.