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Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Jökulsárlón (Jokulsarlon) is known to many simply as the ice lagoon since action scenes in James Bond Die Another Day and other movies made this dramatic and surreal landscape famous. The Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon is at Breiðamerkurjökull, an outlet glacier or tongue of the magnificent and vast Vatnajökull Glacier which lies beyond it.

Jokulsaron glacier lagoon

Jokulsarlon lagoon started to form around 1935 because the Breiðamerkurjökull had retreated back from the edge of the Atlantic. The size of the lagoon has increased four-fold since 1970 and this is now the deepest lake in Iceland. Icebergs constantly calve off the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, floating majestically in the lagoon before they find their way to the Atlantic Ocean.
A boat trip on the glacier lagoon is an absolute must-do!
This is an otherworldly and never to be forgotten experience. You will be a state of awe as you travel between icebergs, which tower high above you, many are far bigger than houses. You will feel humbled by the forces of nature which created this place. The vastness and power of this glacial world of ice are something you really have to feel for yourself to truly appreciate. People are amazed when they see the jewel bright blue and green shades within the ancient ice of this brilliant white wonderland. Taste the ice and take photographs to treasure forever!

Visit the dramatic Diamond Beach just a short walk away from the lagoon. Walk on the black sand and see the icebergs which have floated from the lagoon to their ultimate destination, the wild waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

Here you will have the opportunity to stand in awe and marvel at icebergs which glitter like diamonds against the black volcanic sand of the beach. Some are huge, some are small, all are creations of the glacier of which they were a part for so long. Hold a small iceberg in your hand and marvel at the fact you are holding ancient raindrops or snow-flakes in your hand. How magical is that? Those raindrops fell to earth thousands of years ago during a time when the earth was far colder!

Where is Jokulsarlon located?

Jökulsárlón is located in South East Iceland 372 km from Reykjavík on the edge of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. The distances are 79.9 km from Höfn and 187 km from Egilsstaðir for those traveling from East Iceland. The famous Diamond Beach is around 1 km away from the lagoon. A couple of other attractions in the area: glacier hiking tours from Skaftafell (56.5 km) and the Skaftafell Visitor Center and hiking trails (56.5 km).

Tours visiting Jokulsarlon