Welcome to Jökulsárlón


The icebergs calve from Breiðamerkurjökull, an offshoot of Vatnajökull, crashing down into the water and drifting towards the Atlantic Ocean. They can spend up to five years floating in the 25-sq-km-plus, 250m-deep lagoon, melting, refreezing and occasionally toppling over with a mighty splash, startling the birds. They then move on via Jökulsá, Iceland’s shortest river, out to sea.

Although it looks as though it’s been here since the last ice age, the lagoon is only about 80 years old. Until the mid-1930s Breiðamerkurjökull reached the Ring Road; it’s now retreating rapidly (up to a staggering 500m per year), and the lagoon is consequently growing.


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$384.49 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Iceland Golden Circle Waterfall, Glacier 3-Day from Reykjavik

The rugged landscape surrounding Reykjavik is best explored with an experienced guide. Set off each morning of your 3 day adventure tour with a professional guide and immerse yourself in Iceland‘s stunning and unique outdoor attractions.  Day 1: Snaefellsnes Peninsula This day is all about exploring the wonders of the magical Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Snaefellsnes holds many of the island’s most stunning sites such as the picturesque Mt. Kirkjufell, the black beach of Djupalonssandur and Gerduberg geometric basalt columns. On this day you will visit all of these sites in addition to Arnarstapi village and Berserkjahraun lava field which are surrounded by truly amazing nature. Make sure to drink in the coasalt scenary of Snaefellsnes before heading back to Reykjavik, arriving in the early evening. Day 2: Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon Accompanied by your guide, set off early for your day of exploring the Golden Circle, the popular icelandic tour route home to three of the most known sights Iceland has to offer: Thingvellir National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir Hot Spring Area. On the Golden Circle route, learn all about the country‘s wild volcano history with visits to Thingvellir National Park, the thundering Gullfoss Waterfall and spouting Geysir waterfall. After exploring the famous Golden Circle, relax at the stunning Secret Lagoon before heading back to Reykjavik where your tour ends. Day 3: South Coast, Jokulsarlon and the Diamond Beach On the final day journey to Iceland‘s southern coast to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. En route to the lagoon you will stop by the famous Seljalandsfoss Waterfall that you can walk behind as well as Skogafoss waterfall which drops 60 m from the sea cliffs. Before arriving at the lagoon you will also stop by at Vik Village that has great views over the sea. Jokuksarlon is sure to leave you with some great memories and unique photo opportunities. Drink in the beauty of the floating ice bergs on the lagoon and nearby diamond beach before making your way back to Reykjavik.

$567 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Blue Ice Cave, Jokulsarlon, Black Beach 2-Day Tour

On the first day you will depart from Reykjavík. You will drive along Route 1 passing through small towns and enjoying the beauty of the Icelandic countryside. The first stop will be at the famous waterfall Seljalandsfoss, which is located beneath the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Remember to ask your tour guide all about the colossal eruption back in 2010. Close by is the beautiful but less known waterfall Gljufrabui.Next up is the stunning Skogafoss, a 60 meter drop of natural raw power that must be seen to be believed. You will then have the additional pleasure of visiting the secret waterfalls of Kvernufoss and Írafoss.Then it is on to Reynisfjara, a black sand beach nestling under Mt. Reynisfjall. It is the seasonal home to numerous puffins that dive from its cliffs out to sea. Black basalt has been shaped into amazing different formations, most notably the famous Reynisdrangar. At the end of the day, your accommodation awaits in Seljaland, a lovely country guesthouse located in a beautiful spot close to Seljalandsfoss. On the way there and during the night, we will look out for the Northern Lights, if conditions are favorable to see them.On day two, you set off in the morning for a totally unique experience. A visit to the natural stunning Blue Ice cave will be the highlight of the day. After a drive through the lovely village of Vik, you stop at the Skaftafell national park where the amazing views will take your breath away! You then continue to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. This famous lagoon is filled with huge chunks of ice that have cracked off Breiðamerkurjökull glacier and float slowly out to sea. Some icebergs wash on shore, lying on the vivid black sand like diamonds on satin and from there, your Ice cave adventure will begin. The ice caves only form in the winter when glacial water freezes to create this unique natural phenomenon. Each season, the local glacier experts find the best caves to visit in an enjoyable and safe way. From the glacier lagoon, they drive you through the best of Icelandic highlands in a special Super Jeep to the ice cave. There you will have about an hour to explore and enjoy the magical blue caves. Please do not forget to bring your camera! After this unforgettable adventure, you drive back toward the Jokulsarlon where you join the bus again to head back to Reykjavik. On the way back, you will of course be able to enjoy the beautiful nature of the South Coast and to make a quick stop in Vik village for some refreshments, while keeping an eye out for the Northern lights if conditions are right.

$617 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Reykjavik South Iceland Ice Cave and Jokulsarlon 2-Day Tour

Day 1 South coast, the five waterfalls and black beach ReynisfjaraSetting out from Reykjavík, you will drive along route 1 passing through small towns and enjoying the beauty of the Icelandic countryside. Your first stop will be at the famous Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which is located beneath the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Remember to ask your tour guide all about the colossal eruption back in 2010. Close by is the beautiful but less known waterfall Gljufrabui.Next up is the stunning Skogafoss, a drop of 60 m (200ft) of natural raw power that must be seen to be believed. You will then have the additional pleasure of visiting the secret waterfalls of Kvernufoss and Írafoss.Then it is on to Reynisfjara, a black sand beach nestling under Mt. Reynisfjall - seasonal home to numerous puffins that dive from its cliffs out to sea. Black basalt has been shaped into amazing different formations, most notably the famous Reynisdrangar. Beware the might of the Atlantic Ocean which looms with its powerful waves.At the end of the day, your accommodation awaits in hotel Geirland, a lovely country hotel located next to the village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur. On the way there and during the night, you will look out for the Northern Lights if conditions are favorable to see them.Day 2 Glacier lagoon and the incredible Blue Ice caveToday, you set off in the morning for a totally unique experience. A visit to a natural stunning Blue Ice cave will be the highlight of the day. You start by driving to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. This famous lagoon is filled with huge chunks of ice that have cracked off Breiðamerkurjökull glacier and float slowly out to sea. Some icebergs wash on shore, lying on the vivid black sand like diamonds on satin and from there, your Ice cave adventure will begin. The ice caves only form in the winter when glacial water freezes to create this unique natural phenomenon. Each season, the local glacier experts find the best caves to visit in an enjoyable and safe way. From the glacier lagoon, they drive you through the best of Icelandic highlands in a special Super Jeep to the ice cave. There you will have about an hour to explore and enjoy the magical blue caves. Please do not forget to bring your camera! After this unforgettable adventure, you drive back to the Jokulsarlon where you join the bus again. From there, you drive to the Skaftafell national park where the amazing views will take your breath away! On the way back, you will of course be able to enjoy the beautiful nature of the South Coast and to make a quick stop in Vik village for some refreshments, while keeping an eye out for the Northern lights if conditions are right.

$210.04 Outdoor Activities

Ice Cave Adventure from Hali

In this tour you will experience a unique ice cave in the wonders of Vatnajökull glacier, Europe's largest ice cap. The tour is intended for those who want to visit an ice cave, get great photo opportunities and an unforgettable experience. The tour can take between 2,5 – 5 hours. The meeting point is at Hali Country Hotel, 13 km east of Jökulsárlón. The tour, guided by a local guide, will take you through the region’s history from settlement until today.Each autumn, we go for an ice cave hunt to use for adventures during the coming winter. Ice caves are formed by Mother Nature and therefore weather dependent. Some caves have to have temperature below zero, or no rainy days before our visit.In this tour we visit one ice cave and we always choose the best cave available according to safety and weather condition. This will affect both driving and walking time of the tour. Driving to the location can take 25-45 minutes and the walk to the ice cave can take from 5 to 60 minutes. You should have in mind that the walking is always in the pure Icelandic nature on gravel and rough terrain.

$474.99 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day South Iceland from Reykjavik including Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Day OneAfter a morning Reykjavk pick up, you’ll head out of the city towards your first stop, Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Seljalandsfoss is better known for the fact that you can walk behind the magnificent cascade offering you the opportunity to enjoy this stunning waterfall from both sides. Next on the agenda is Skogafoss waterfall, followed by the black sand beach of Reynisfjara with its basalt columns and famous Reynisdrangar pillars. Skogafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland, located just of road no. 1 offering breathtaking views. Feel the true power of mother nature as you walk up to the magnificent fall before enjoying all that the unique black sand beach of Reynisfjara has to offer. After having a stroll along the shore of Reynisfjara beach you will follow your guide to your accommodation for the night. For the remainder of the journey to your accommodation, you’ll travel through immense lava fields covered with green moss and surrounded by glaciers and mountains.Day Two Your second day starts with a visit to the stunning glacier lagoon of Jokulsarlon. At Jokulsarlon, you’ll have the chance to join an amphibian boat tour during the summer for a small fee, at other times you will be able to explore the environment on your own before we make our way to Europe's largest glacier for a glacier hiking adventure. Admire the magical ice bergs as they float around the lagoon creating the perfect photo spot. Upon arrival to Skaftafell National Park you will meet your certified glacier guide. Before your glacier adventure the guide will provide you with a safety briefing and ensure you know how to use the glacier hiking gear provided. Now there is nothing left but to approach the mighty glacier where you will spend around an hour on the ice, encountering crevasses, ice falls and the ancient blue ice. After the glacier hike, set off on your return journey to Reykjavik where your 2 day south coast adventure tour concludes. 

$1305.37 Private & Custom Tours

2 day Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the South Coast Private Tour from Reykjavik

Day 1.Meet your private guide during a morning pickup at your hotel or the port in Reykjavik, then hop into your vehicle and spin toward Jökulsárlón — Europe’s largest glacial lake — to begin your tour. First we visiting Urriðafoss waterfall before heading to LAVA Center, where we learn all about the volcanoes that rest on the south coast. Next is Seljalandsfoss, one of Iceland's most popular waterfalls. We might visit Gljúfrabúi - a spectacular waterfall (bring your waterproof boots). Dyrholaey island is next and soon after we head to Reynisfjara - The Black volcanic beach.Day 2.We start our day at Fosshotel Jokulsarlon with brekfast. On arrival at Jökulsárlon, enjoy panoramic views over the Vatnajokull glacier — the largest in Europe — and the mighty icebergs floating in the glacial lake. Watch the sunlight bouncing off the shimmering ice, and marvel at Iceland’s spectacular natural beauty. Hop aboard a sightseeing boat and cruise out onto the calm waters as your guide sheds light on the lagoons natural geology. During optional 30- to 60-minute cruise, capture stunning photographs of the icebergs and watch the waters for sightings of curious seals. In winter we go for an Ice cave exploration and a glacier walk at Svinafellsjokull glacier.You will explore the naturally formed ice caves and ice tunnels of Svínafellsjökull, before heading off to a glacier walk on crampons around the glacier tongue.The ice caves, only accessible in winter, open up for exploration when the meltwater underneath the glacier freezes over and leaves behind these ice tunnels. Your experienced guide will tell you more about their formation and show you around the caves. You will get plenty of time to take pictures of these breathtaking surroundings.You will then head up to the surface of the glacier, where your guide will lead you through the ever-changing glacial landscape. They will show you deep crevasses and unique ice features, whilst teaching you about the behaviour of glaciers and their impact on nature.In summer you can choose between a 2 hour easy walk on Svinafellsjokull Glacier Tongue or a 4 hour moderate walk on the glacier.This walk takes us on to the Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue. Svínafellsjökull is a breathtaking outlet glacier of the Vatnajökull glacier and the scenery and views are simply stunning. We walk through a wonderland of glacial ice sculptures, meandering through ice ridges and the deep crevasses of the glacier.Visit Skógafoss waterfall on your way back to Reykjavik, then return to your starting point where your tour will come to an end.

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