Iceland: Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon


Jökulsárlón-Glacier’s not famous for being the Blue Lagoon, but an iceberg lagoon. Awesome duck boat tours!

The sun suddenly disappeared. Dark clouds rolled into the sky, quickly turning the cheerful day into a moody afternoon just as we arrived at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

After an unexpectedly glorious and sunny hike on the tongue of Europe’s largest glacier, our tour group were high on energy and ready for more ice action. Next stop, sailing among icebergs on an amphibian boat – my first time! Dubbed a ‘duck tour’, these vehicles are special because they can drive both on land and water.


The sea of icebergs lined with ashes could have been the backdrop of any dramatic Icelandic saga (or maybe even Game of Thrones). As ancient as it looks, Jökulsárlón’s world-famous glacier lagoon is not that old. It first formed in the mid-1930s and is the product of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier spitting out huge blocks of ice into the deepest lake in Iceland. The lagoon is up to 250 metres deep and is slowly growing wider.

Look for icebergs of white, black, blue and turquoise colours sparkling in the sea. Although colourless themselves, icebergs pick up the reflections of particles in the water, ice and their surroundings. The ones in Jökulsárlón have a special ash lining due to the surrounding volcanoes. It makes for a more dramatic effect!

PS Don’t forget to taste the ice – the guide will dish one out of the lagoon for you and break it into pieces. Also, see if you can spot a few seals!


Note on tour: The Vatnajökull Voyager was organised courtesy of Glacier Guides. It’s a full one-day value tour for Reykjavik-based tourists who would like to experience different elements of Europe’s largest glacier but time is of the essence. We spent a few hours hiking around the tongue of the glacier, and then drove towards Jökulsárlón for a forty minute boat ride. There was no feeling of being rushed – in fact, the driver was very friendly, informative and relaxed. Thank you once again!

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7 thoughts on “Iceland: Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon

  1. Beautiful photos…I wish to visit the iceberg lagoon someday..the ice formed into artistic statue – if I can call them that 😀 And the seals!! I want to the seals in their nature habitat! When is the best time to visit?

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