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Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

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Open daily
Skaftafell National Park, Route 1

The Basics

Whether you hike around the shore, cruise around the lagoon on an RIB boat, or set sail on an amphibian boat tour, the Jokulsarlon lagoon is spectacular from all angles. Full-day tours from Reykjavik typically combine a visit to the lagoon with a glacier hike or ice cave tour in the Skaftafell National Park, or a visit to natural wonders such as the Seljalandsfoss or Skogafoss waterfalls.

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South Coast and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Day Tour from Reykjavik
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South Coast and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Day Tour from Reykjavik
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$168.64 per adult
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Our tour guide and driver were great. We had the best experience on this tour thank you. I will be booking again for more tours
paul_c, Jun 2021

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Jeremy_C, Apr 2021
Full-Day Tour to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
I enjoyed the day tour to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. The tour was well organized and I would recommend anyone to include this beautiful lagoon on their itinerary when visiting Iceland. Special thanks to James for guiding this tour.
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Christopher_D, Jun 2021
South Coast and Glacier Lagoon: Jökulsárlón with Boat Tour from Reykjavik
First of many bus tours It is a long tour but the scenery makes up for it Lots of photo opportunities
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Best tour
paul_c, Jun 2021
South Coast and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Day Tour from Reykjavik
Our tour guide and driver were great. We had the best experience on this tour thank you. I will be booking again for more tours
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14 hours trip unforgettable every minute.
Valentina, Jun 2021
South Coast and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Day Tour from Reykjavik
It was amazing tour! Many thanks for driver and guide tour. This incredible trip will stay on my mine forever.
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Amazing experience
Nina, Jun 2021
Day Trip to the Glacier Lagoon: Jökulsárlón from Reykjavik
Excellente day trip with our guide Mr Howser from Bustravel Iceland. We were bathing in Icelandic history and Sagas while driving through a beautiful landscape with stops at gullfoss and other waterfalls. Jokulsarlon is an amazing and unique place, what ever the weather might reserve you. And so is diamond beach. I highly recommend this trip.
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mrhuy, Mar 2021
Glacier Lagoon and South Coast Iceland: Private Tour from Reykjavik
Worth every penny. Our tour operator was great , we also asked for a tour of the glacier and they where very open to adding this on . We saw so many beautiful sites around Iceland.would highly recommend.
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Amazing experience
Chiara_P, Mar 2021
Crystal Blue Ice Cave - Super Jeep From Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
The guide was very kind and knowledgeable and the whole visit was unforgettable! I am a bit claustrophobic but i totally recommend this experience, you will feel amazed by the spectacle of the nature and the guide will be there explaining and making you feel safe
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Great Value
jessveliz, Jan 2020
2 Day Ice Cave & South Coast: Glacier hike, Jokulsarlon lagoon & Northern Lights
The overnight trip was exactly what we needed to fully enjoy our tour of the south coast in Iceland. The highlight is by far the glacier hike. Our guide Stefan, was amazing, he was friendly, informative, and most of all kept everyone’s safety in mind. Great trip and we can’t wait to be back! Thank you Stefano/Troll Expeditions
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Susanne_F, Jul 2020
Day Trip to the Glacier Lagoon: Jökulsárlón from Reykjavik
Another must-do in the land of fire and ice is to see the icebergs floating in Jökulsárlón, maybe a seal swimming or just laying on the ice too and then have a walk on the diamond beach where the contrast of shining pieces of ice glittering on the black sand of the beach will give You some of the best foto opportunities.
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South Coast tour
Rebecca, Mar 2020
2 Day Ice Cave & South Coast: Glacier hike, Jokulsarlon lagoon & Northern Lights
Our guide/driver Area Maria was most excellent—especially considering how bad the weather was! Highly recommend the 2-day South Coast tour!
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amazing!
Luiz_S, Jun 2021
South Coast and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Day Tour from Reykjavik
this is one of the best tours i’ve ever done anywhere in the world! the views are absolutely STUNNING. the glacier lagoon is out of this world and the black diamond beach is just beautiful!
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Great tour, a full day!
Elizabeth_H, Mar 2020
Small Group South Coast, Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach Adventure from Reykjavik
This trip lasts all day, and you will see so much! Our guide, Christian (sp?) clearly loves Iceland and his Icelandic heritage. He gave so much wonderful information as we drove, I learned so much! The glacier lagoon and diamond beach were highlights. Also, Pieter got us safely back to Reykjavík through some pretty nasty road conditions and weather. Take this tour! And please tip your guides, we were the only ones who did and they were so great!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • While the lagoon is accessible year round, boat tours are weather dependent and only in operation from April to November.

  • The icy landscapes can be chilly even if the sun is shining, so bring warm clothes, a hat, and gloves even on a summer trip.

  • There is a small café by the lagoon, where you can purchase hot drinks and snacks, or use the restroom.

  • While it’s possible for wheelchair users to view the lagoon, many of the activities on and around the glacier are not suitable for those with limited mobility.

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How to Get There

The Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon is located on the southeastern border of the Vatnajökull National Park on Iceland’s south coast, about 230 miles (370 kilometers) east of Reykjavik. From Reykjavik, it’s roughly a 4.5-hour drive along the Ring Road.

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When to Get There

It’s possible to visit the lagoon all year round, but the summer months are the most popular, so expect crowds if you visit then. Winter visitors benefit from smaller crowds and better deals on tours and accommodation, but boat tours don’t run between December and March. During that time, it’s best to visit with a guide, as road conditions can be difficult. Budding photographers should time their visit for sunrise or sunset for the most impressive views.

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Wildlife at the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Iceland’s glacial landscapes harbor a surprising variety of wildlife and the Jokulsarlon lagoon is a haven for seabirds, especially Arctic terns and skuas. Look out for seals swimming between the floating icebergs, or, if you’re driving from Reykjavik, stop to admire the puffin colonies at Dyrholaey lighthouse or Reynisfjara beach along the way.

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Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon