Iceland is a country full of contrast, that is why it is known as the land of ice and fire. When coming to Iceland, one can expect breathtaking landscapes and incredible scenery that you can hardly find anywhere else. Even though each place has its own magic, there are certain spots that will just leave you standing still. One of this places is Jökulsárlón: The biggest glacier lagoon in Iceland.
Jökulsárlón is an Icelandic word that literally means “Glacier River”, it is a glacier lake located in the southeast area of the country, in the Vatnajökull National Park. Many people believe it originated centuries ago. The truth is the lagoon was created around 1934-1935 when the Breiðamerkurjökul tongue started to retreat. Depending on the tide, the flow of the Jökulsárlón varies. Sometimes during the winter time, even though the temperatures are quite low, the lake remains liquid and it is due to salt water that flows from the sea into the lake, which prevents it from completely freezing. So do not worry about coming to this area during the winter time. You still got plenty to do at the Jökulsárlón: The biggest glacier lagoon in Iceland.
I bet that you already know by now that Jökulsárlón: The biggest glacier lagoon in Iceland, but that is not its only special characteristic as it is also de deepest lake in Iceland with its 248 meters and has been featuring in many movies we have all seen such as the James Bond Saga “Die Another Day” or in Batman begins and the well-known HBO series Game of Thrones. So If you also want to feel like a movie star, this is the place to go! Jokes aside, there are many activities and sights you should not miss when visiting the area. You can find them listed right in this Jökulsárlón: The biggest glacier lagoon in Iceland post.
Jökulsárlón: the biggest glacier lagoon in Iceland
What to Do
- Navigate the lake: There are several companies that offer different types of tours and types of watercrafts. You will be able to get closer to the Icebergs in a safe way. Boats normally go around the lake and the glacier providing new and different perspectives. I am afraid one cannot just check from the shore.
- Ice caves tour: If getting closer to the ice is just not enough, you can take an ice cave tour where you will experience how it feels like to walk through clear blue ice walls.
- Snowmobile tours: If you happen to be on the wilder side and a relaxing tours on a boat is not what you looking for, then you can check snowmobile tours on the area. Some of them are prepared also for first time riders. So do not worry if you are not an expert rider. Riding through this spectacular scenery can easily be a one in a life time experience.
How to get there
Jökulsárlón is approximately 380 kilometers away from Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. You can book an excursion with a travel agency, most of them offer transportation by bus but if you have rented a vehicle and would like to head there on your own, do not worry, it is very easy to reach: you only need to take Road N1 Suðurlandsvegur/Þjóðvegur.
We hope you enjoy this amazing landscape and please remember, take care of the environment and yourself!