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
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.
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.
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
- 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!