The largest and best known of Iceland's glacial lakes, Jokulsarlon Lagoon is in the south of the country at the end of the Vatnajokull glacier. The lagoon first appeared around 1935 and has been growing ever since with the accelerating melting of the glacier. These days it looks likely to eventually breach the narrow isthmus and join up with the sea, making it an inlet rather than a lake. The Icelanders are keen to stop this happening as the main highway which circles Iceland passes over this narrow strip of land.
The lake is filled with icebergs and a home to birds. The seabird Skua nests on the shores of the lake during summer. There are paths to walk around the edge of the lake and boat trips to get up close and personal with those gleaming blue icebergs.
The lake is an easy, if long, drive from Reykjavik on the main highway; it is possible as a day trip but means many hours in the car (over 4 hours each way). Buses traveling from nearby Höfn to Reykjavik usually stop at Jokulsarlon or you can take an organized tour which will include a boat trip on the lake. Nearby is Skaftafell National Park so consider staying in the area overnight and looking around.
Tours & Tickets
Glacier Walk in Vatnajökull National Park, with a local guide. Great opportunity to enjoy the stunning landscape in the surrounding area of ... Read more
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
Head out to the magnificent glacial lagoon Jokulsarlon, and follow in the footsteps of James Bond in "Die Another Day" and Lara Croft in "Tomb ... Read more
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)
See more of south Iceland than you could cover on a standard tour, with this once-in-a-lifetime helicopter flight from Reykjavik! Flying around Iceland’s south ... Read more
Duration: 5-7 hours
This tour is your chance to go on a unique outdoor adventure in southeast Iceland. From Reykjavik, visit Vatnajökull National Park, home to the largest ... Read more
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)