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Jokulsarlon Iceberg Lagoon

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Published May 19th 2021
Floating amongst the icebergs
One of Iceland's most famous tourist attractions, Jokulsarlon is a lagoon created by a retreating glacier.

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New icebergs constantly break off the glacier and float through the lagoon


It's a beautiful place all year round. Icebergs gently float out to sea, or wash ashore to melt on the beach.

If you're a keen photographer, you'll probably have seen photos of ice melting on black sand. These photos were almost certainly taken here.

Jokulsarlon can be found on the south-east coast, roughly a five-hour journey from Reykjavik. We visited as part of a package holiday tour, but it would be easy enough to drive to yourself.

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Jokulsarlon in summer


You can visit the beach for free, but it's well worth paying for a boat trip.

We chose the amphibian boat tour, which takes you on a 40 minute trip amongst the icebergs. If you're feeling brave, you might prefer the zodiac boat tour. Being smaller, zodiacs can get even closer to the ice and explore more of the lake. You also get a bit longer, with tours lasting an hour.

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Amphibian boat tour


Once you're out on the water, you can really appreciate the stunning colours. The ice is usually a deep turquoise blue, although it sometimes has smoky black streaks.

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Icebergs with black streaks


Our guide explained that the ice was over 1000 years old, and the black markings were due to ancient volcanic eruptions. He then scooped a chunk of ice out of the water, and asked if we wanted to taste it.

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You're allowed to scoop icebergs out of the water and eat them


Be warned, the boat trips only run until October or November, and may be cancelled in bad weather. If the boats are finished for the year, you might consider taking a tour of the ice caves instead.

Before you leave, don't forget to walk down to Diamond Beach, which is where the lagoon meets the sea. The beach is usually covered in chunks of melting ice, and this is where the best photos are taken.
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Why? See one of Iceland's most spectacular natural wonders
When: Any time
Phone: 354 478 2222
Where: South-east coast
Cost: Boat trips from ISK 5900 adult, ISK 2900 child
Your Comment
Nice to see something on Iceland. This is on my bucket list. Your article has inspired me even more so to visit. Thanks Alan.
by Irenke Forsyth (score: 3|2521) 191 days ago
I enjoyed reading your article Alan while sitting in front of the heater. Stunning photos of things most of us will never experience.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|3298) 191 days ago
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