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Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

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1,658 Reviews
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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$167.24 per adult
One of the best tours in Iceland. Glacier lagoon is a must!
Our guide Oliver & driver Roland were the best! It was a long day but they made sure we saw everything on the schedule. The guide is very knowledgeable and answered many questions. The stops are amazing places to visit. Have already done 4 tours from Reykjavik and this has been my favorite. Don’t miss it! You will be tired but won’t regret going. Very professional tour company as well. Pick up & drop off was flawless. Thanks for a great day!!!
MonicaRodriguez, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Reykjavik

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Memorable Experience
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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Cool on Iceland icebergs
Wendy, Jul 2021
South Coast and Glacier Lagoon: Jökulsárlón with Boat Tour from Reykjavik
Long trip (7am to 10 pm) but it’s the only way to see the ice bergs. The Ice berg boat ride itself is only 40 minutes. Bring a lunch and dinner snack, water, and mittens. We stopped nearly 1 1/2 hours for meals, which was way too long. The black sand is geologically interesting and walking behind the water fall was powerful, but those stops only took about 20 minutes each. Bring an empty canteen to capture fresh water.
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Great Experience
james_a, Jul 2021
2 Day Tour to Jokulsarlon with Glacier Hike - Boat Tour - South Coast Waterfalls
Christina, our guide was great-knowledgeable, nice, helpful. All the sites I saw were enjoyable and there was really no wasted time.
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So worth it!
DAB, Jul 2021
South Coast and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Day Tour from Reykjavik
Incredible! Brandon and Valli were amazing as guide and driver. Spectacular points of interest and beauty.
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Amazing tour
Igor, Jul 2021
South Coast and Glacier Lagoon: Jökulsárlón with Boat Tour from Reykjavik
I have a great experience with bustravel.is company, this trip was absolutely amazing, lagoon was breathtaking and waterfalls is well, evening was very good organized , special thanks to our tour gay ,he was very helpful with everything, definitely worth it and boat trip in lagoon is special bonus
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Great trip and great guide
Dina_B, Jul 2021
2 Day Tour to Jokulsarlon with Glacier Hike - Boat Tour - South Coast Waterfalls
The places we visited were incredible. The guide - Cristina - was awesome. She is funny, very knowledgeable and caring. And she explains very well and gives good tips...
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You really never know with Iceland's weather
Narisha_P, Jul 2021
South Coast and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Day Tour from Reykjavik
It's a long day. In Iceland it is a gamble. Some days are sunshine and some not. The weather changes in a split moment. I would prefer to have a few stops to take in some of the magnificent mountain passes but guide just carried on. It was OK. I would do a smaller bespoke type tour next time. Glacier cruise was cancelled, at Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls it rained. But overall it was OK. Guide by the name of Brandon was extremly knowledgeable. Roland the driver was great as well.
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The tour conduction was great and great locations to visit.
Vinay_S, Jul 2021
3 Day Tour Jokulsarlon - Golden Circle - South Coast - Glacier Hike - Boat Tour
This was a 2 day tour Viator’s description is the inaccurate, theft need to refund the 3rd day tour fees as that is not provided. Along with 2nd night stay.
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awe-inspiring and fun
Leslie_G, Jul 2021
Day Trip to the Glacier Lagoon: Jökulsárlón from Reykjavik
This tour was exceptional. The beauty and spaciousness of the landscape opening up to the majesty of the Glacier Lagoon, and the wonderful strangeness of Diamond Beach. I would do this tour again. Bravo to the bus driver (it was a long long day!) and our tour guide: funny, always available, informative.
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Best tour of the trip!
Olga_P, Jun 2021
Small-group Glacier Lagoon (Jokulsarlon) Day Trip from Reykjavík
Amazing trip!! Ian was a perfect tour guide - showed us a bunch of secret spots, had perfect recommendations, and when diamond beach had no diamonds found another secret lagoon for us. Super long day (didn’t get back to hotel till11) but SO WORTH IT.
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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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Iceland
mrhuy, Mar 2021
Iceland Glacier Lagoon and South Coast Private Day 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.

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