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Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Open daily
Skaftafell National Park, Route 1

The Basics

Whether you hike around the shore, cruise around the lagoon on a 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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$159.97 per adult
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Worth every minute on the bus!!!
Yes, it’s a long tour, but it’s worth every minute. They do a great job of breaking up the stops so you aren’t on the bus for more than two hours at a time. We saw two waterfalls, the black sand beach, glacier lagoon, and the diamond beach. Glacier lagoon is by far the most beautiful place I have ever visited. It’s a MUST do! The gas station in Vik has two cafes, a pub, a grocery store, and a Thai place, so there’s something for everyone. This was our longest day but also our most favorite day.
Jenny_G, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Reykjavik

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South Coast in a day - worth it!
Brindha_D, Aug 2021
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the South Coast Private Tour from Reykjavik
Dan was informative and entertaining, he was accommodating and planned the trip well, such that we could have a short detour to see the puffins at the black sand beach. Excellent driving and health/safety measures. The trip to Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach was out of this world!
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Recommended bus tour for a day trip!
HARUNA_Y, Nov 2021
Day Trip to the Glacier Lagoon: Jökulsárlón from Reykjavik
It's been a long drive, but the guide has always been entertaining^^ Thank you so much for Tom and Albert! Iceland's nature is great, but Glacier lagoon is especially recommended. It's far and cold, but you should go!
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Very Scenic Are of Iceland
voget, Nov 2021
Day Trip to the Glacier Lagoon: Jökulsárlón from Reykjavik
This is a long drive but very worth seeing the black sand beaches, waterfalls, glaciers and Diamond Beach. Our tour director took many fun stops to show us the most we could see. We appreciated the diversity of the South Coast!
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Great Experience!
Jacob_G, Nov 2021
Crystal Blue Ice Cave - Super Jeep From Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Amazing experience. Guide (Oli) was great and gave us an insight into all things Iceland and Ice caves. Would highly recommend!
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Go for it!
JayMarie_C, Nov 2021
South Coast and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Day Tour from Reykjavik
Both the guide and driver were great! The ride was smooth, Oddi did a good job driving us around. The guide was very informative and gave us some tips that was quite helpful for tourists. You learn more of the country, the language, and the people. A must try for all!
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Splendid Scenery
Meghan_L, Nov 2021
South Coast and Glacier Lagoon: Jökulsárlón with Boat Tour from Reykjavik
An artist’s candy store. Sublime scenery at every turn! It’s a bit of a drive, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the wonders of our world!
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Amazing tour, long but SO WORTH IT!
Michelle_L, Nov 2021
South Coast and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Day Tour from Reykjavik
We had and AMAZING day exploring the south coast, our guide was so Patienten and nice, always making us entertainend and safe. We stopped and great places along the way and even with the long journey it was ok, we did not even feel because the time past by so fast. Highly recommend.
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The driver, HBO, was...
Paul_D, Oct 2021
South Coast and Glacier Lagoon: Jökulsárlón with Boat Tour from Reykjavik
The driver, HBO, was absolutely brilliant. Really informative and helpful and during the journey educated us on Icelandic music by playing music from a few Icelandic artists. A great day out.
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An amazing trip tothe Glacier Lagoon
Teres_B, Sep 2021
Full-Day Tour to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
What an awesome day trip. The sights where breathtaking. Our guide Lorenzo was just amazing. His knowledge of the sites today and Iceland in general added so much to the experience. This is a very long day trip, but absolutely worth it.
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Recommend
Mait, Sep 2021
2 Day Tour to Jokulsarlon with Glacier Hike - Boat Tour - South Coast Waterfalls
Kristina was great! I liked the sense of humour she had. She did an extra stop by another lagoon nearby to Jokulsarlon. Drive to the lagoon was long, but there were plenty of stops to see smaller natural sights as well as to eat / buy food. We were lucky with weather - both days were sunny.
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Glacier adventure
vsmooney, Nov 2021
Day Trip to the Glacier Lagoon: Jökulsárlón from Reykjavik
Exceptional informative guide Simon, amazing scenery and food. The boat trip through the glacier chops made the entire trip.
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Memorable tour
Alec_K, Aug 2021
Full-Day Tour to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
It was a long but beautiful trip. Our guide Lorenzo did a great job. He even made an extra stop for us showing a place where we could watch the puffins. Personally for us, Black sand beach and Diamond beach were most memorable.

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's 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—expect crowds. 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