Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in Iceland

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon Iceburg & Mountains

About the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

The Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon is truly a unique place to visit and known as one of the greatest wonders of Iceland. This glacial lake in southeast Iceland is scattered with huge ice blocks that break off the Breiðamerkurjökul glacier and float into the lagoon.

Jukulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in Iceland
Jukulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in Iceland

The lagoon was created when the glacier started receding from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and continues to expand from melting glaciers. The size of the lake is said to have increased fourfold since the 1970s.

The lagoon is 250 deep and known as one of the deepest lakes in Iceland. The surface of the lagoon is at sea level and during high tide sea water flows into the lagoon.


A Place of Natural Beauty

If you have the time to drive to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, it is definitely worth admiring the natural beauty of this place. Icebergs move across the lagoon and there are vivid colours of white and blue. It has been described as “a ghostly procession of luminous blue icebergs”. The beach behind the lagoon provides an interesting contrast with icebergs on the black sand.

Iceberg on black sand beach at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Icebergs on the black sand Beach

During my May visit to the lagoon, I enjoyed observing the movement of ice blocks through the lake as they crackled and broke in half in half right in front of me. Icebergs move down the channel and meet the ocean. We also enjoyed watching seals play in the lagoon as well as sea birds landing on the ice blocks. Even the drive to the lagoon offered a varying landscape – waterfalls, volcanoes and lava fields.


Getting There

You can access the Glacier lagoon from highway number one, between Höfn and Skaftafell. It is about 370 km (230 miles) east of Reykjavik. There is a large car park situated directly at the lagoon for visitor access.

You can find a map of the lagoon here.

Iceburg and bridge at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Iceburgs and bridge at the lagoon


Opening Hours

There is a cafe here that you can visit for sandwiches, drinks and snacks and the use of toilet facilities. This is open all year long except for some national holidays.

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon Iceburg and Mountains
Iceburg and mountains in the distance



We visited the lagoon from land but there are also many tour operators available that conduct snowmobile and jeep tours. Joklasel is the meeting point for such tours to the glacier and Jokulsarlon.


—> You can watch a live webcam of Jokulsarlon here.


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Amy Pritchett

Amy Pritchett

If you truly love nature like me, you will find beauty everywhere.

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