Jökulsárlón to Fjallsárlón

A trip to Jökulsárlón to visit the points of interest including, floating icebergs in the lagoon, floating icebergs in the ocean, glacier lagoon boat tour, day trips to the ice caves (November to March), day trips for glacier walks, snowmobile tours before driving 10 minutes east to the Fjallsárlón glacier

Jökulsárlón is a glacier lagoon in southern Iceland close to the town of Höfn.  Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;

  • Floating icebergs in the lagoon
  • Floating icebergs in the ocean
  • Glacier lagoon boat tour
  • Day trips to the ice caves (November to March)
  • Day trips for glacier walks
  • Snowmobile tours

There are a few accommodation options in the nearby city of Höfn, also check out airbnb.

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

The lagoon and icebergs come from the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier which is part of the larger glacier, Vatnajökull.  Vatnajökull is the largest glacier in Europe by volume and covers 8% of Iceland.

Jökulsárlón is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever visit, offering still blue water and hundreds of unique icebergs.  You will have many photos opportunities from posing with the ice to reflection photography using the lagoon and icebergs.  The sunset is stunning over the glacier lagoon.

Because of it’s unique beauty, Jökulsárlón National Park has featured in a few Hollywood movies including;

Many episodes of Game of Thrones have been filmed at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.

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The lagoon flows through a short waterway under a bridge, which is part of Iceland’s route 1 highway, into the Atlantic Ocean.  You can also visit the black beach and see the glaciers floating in the ocean with some of them washed up on shore.  Observing the icebergs in the ocean is completely different to the calm lagoon.  During the winter months there’ll be hundreds of seals feeding on the fish from the sea which adds to the opportunities of photography.

Tours from Jökulsarlon

Tours from Jökulsarlon

There are various tours that can be taken from Jökulsarlon, they are all based in Jökulsarlon too.  For ice cave tours you can try South East EHF or Ice Explorers, the latter also does glacier walking tours.  Glacier journey is based in Jökulsarlon and offers the following tours;

  • Ice cave
  • Snowmobile
  • Glacier by Jeep
  • Lónsöræfi tour (summer only)

In the visitor center you’ll find some snacks, delicious chocolate cake for $8 or soup for $10.  Although these prices are a little elevated the parking and viewing of Jökulsarlon are free of charge, there are free, clean toilets too.  Did I mention that the chocolate cake was delicious?

A 10 minute drive west on the route 1 ring road will take you to Fjallsárlón glacier and lagoon.  You must take note that driving between Höfn and Vik, gas stations are not so common so I’d recommend filling up before taking the trip as it would be very embarrassing to run out of gas in the middle of nowhere!

Fjallsárlón to Skógafoss

2017-04-01T03:02:32+00:00March 25th, 2017|Iceland|25 Comments


  1. Ioanna March 26, 2017 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    what a great place, James! Thanks for writing about it! I still haven’t visited Iceland, but I would really love to.. I hope I can do it soon 🙂

    Happy travels!
    Ioanna (A Woman afoot)

  2. Tosh March 26, 2017 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Just left me awestruck with images in first place. The Info is short and sweet. To the point. Definitely a bookmark material and the place is added in my bucket list.
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. NowThatsAHoneymoon March 26, 2017 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    Amazing, look at those chunks of ice! I’ve always wanted to visit Iceland. Hopefully we get to tick it off our list next year!

  4. Charlotte March 27, 2017 at 9:20 am - Reply

    Iceland is on my bucket list! It looks as though there are so many wonderful places to visit and that glacier sure is one of them. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Fábio Inácio March 27, 2017 at 9:39 am - Reply

    Beautiful, I can’t imagine how is a glacier covering 8% of the country.
    A general question about Iceland. Do you think it is possible wild camp there or we need to do this kind of tours? I am asking because I wanted to go there in the sammer and do wild camping near these beautiful places.

    • James Smith March 27, 2017 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      I saw lots of camping options when I was there, in the national parks too. Enjoy!

  6. Suzanne March 27, 2017 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    I still have to make it to Iceland. The landscape definitely makes it a movie director’s paradise. I would love to see those icebergs up close. Must be pretty cold too!

  7. Danni March 27, 2017 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    I remember vividly the drive from Hofn to Vik and yes there were not many places to stop- but what incredible views! The ice cave tours in this part of the world are some of the best, I think. Like you say the seals are not easily scared of by visitors, so you can get great snaps.

  8. Bilyana | OwlOverTheWorld March 27, 2017 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    Beautiful! As a sunset lover, I can imagine what magical sunsets are there. God, I want to see it. Iceland is absolutely one of my top travel destinations. Hope I get the chance to visit it soon.

  9. Vrithi Pushkar March 27, 2017 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    What an amazing destination. Iceland is on our bucket-list. Hopefully we can make it there soon.

  10. Paulina on the road March 27, 2017 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    wow those names are quite hard to pronounce hahaha 😉 i liked the tips on floating icebergs in the lagoon. they seem to be the perfect photo motive 🙂

  11. Naomi March 27, 2017 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    Wow I didn’t know it was used for the Bond movies! What a cool detail is that. I love that bad ass truck too! I wonder what it’s like to drive that LOL!

  12. Jennifer March 27, 2017 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    This landscape would definitely suit James Bond and Tomb Raider. Icebergs are so powerful – in a quiet strength kind of way. Iceland keeps moving higher up my bucket list.

  13. Nicole Anderson March 27, 2017 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    I have a friend that has been to Iceland and she shared wonderful photos she took while there. The ones you have featured here are also stunning and as a keen camper, hiker and amateur photographer, I just can’t wait to get there to see and experience it for myself.

  14. Hallie March 28, 2017 at 1:08 am - Reply

    Good to know about the gas stations. Wouldn’t want to get caught out there without a vehicle that works I think. Looks so awesome though.

  15. Rosie Benton March 28, 2017 at 2:55 am - Reply

    We visited Iceland about 3 years ago and barely touched the surface, so desperate to get back. You’ve got some awesome photos! So crazy to think that a glacier covers 8% of the country!! Thanks for sharing.

  16. Stephanie Fox March 28, 2017 at 8:27 am - Reply

    I always love seeing how clear and blue the water of Iceland is, would love to explore an ice cave! Hotels seem so expensive but Air BNB is a great tip!

  17. Katie March 28, 2017 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    The iceberg lagoon is one of my favorite places in Iceland, it’s so unique. I love that you can see all the stages of the icebergs traveling out to sea, from breaking off the glacier to floating in the lagoon then traveling down the stream to the ocean. Beautiful!

  18. Ivy March 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    I’ve been wanting to visit Iceland for the longest time, especially after seeing all these blog posts about it! This is actually my first time reading about Jökulsárlón. What an amazing landscape and that’s neat that the Bond movies were filmed here!

  19. Claire March 28, 2017 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    Your pictures are brilliant, I would absolutely love to visit here. Unfortunately I didn’t get the opportunity to when I was in Iceland but I must go back! Love this guide!

  20. Bhushavali March 30, 2017 at 3:56 am - Reply

    Whoa! The place looks gorgeous! Is this where those white scenes of GoT were shot? Wow! Glaciers washed ashore and seals feeding on fish must be such a beautiful thing to watch!!!

  21. Winnie April 2, 2017 at 5:20 am - Reply

    Iceland is one of the places in my bucketlist. Thanks for providing the info and the photos are amazing!

  22. Rachel (The Kiwi Couple) April 5, 2017 at 10:59 am - Reply

    This looks so epic!!! Awesome landscapes.

  23. may October 27, 2017 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    all booked to go next month and found this post really interesting 🙂

    • James Smith October 28, 2017 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      enjoy your trip May

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