Visiting Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon was among top things I wanted to do in Iceland. There is plenty to do in Iceland that its unbelievable that this little island country has so much packed in. From beautiful waterfalls
, moss covered lava fall
, hidden hot spring pools in the mountain
to many more. There were so many things that I wanted to see in Iceland that it is actually had to pinpoint what my favourite part was after we had been skidded around the ring road. What I can say though, was that seeing Iceland’s Diamond Beach was up there on the list of must-sees! Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon is just a sight.
I don’t know about you but it’s not every day you get to see such sights. Your eyes and your brain do a constant double takes as if to ask if they are experiencing what the eyes and brain as seeing and all the emotions that are entangled with what’s before them. Taking in the sights may not be enough for some, you can also opt for the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon boat tour. If you are thinking of doing a drive from Reykjavik to Jokulsarlon then you may have to rethink that unless you are planning on ignoring all the sights on the way or spending a good day on the road.
Sheets of ice like you have never seen before.
We visited in July and for the most part, the weather was great in Reykjavik and most of the journey on the Ring road. We had a little bit of rain here and there but it was mostly dry. Driving through winding roads with waterfalls streaming from mountain tops, one lane bridges that allow passage from the greedy Atlantic that looks to reclaim land whenever weather permits and in the land of fire and Ice there is never much warning as to when the weather will shift.
Low hanging clouds that arrive as if by magic, creating an eerie scene so mystical that you slow down not only due to lack of visibility but so you can slowly take it all in and enjoy what is rather odd but wonder experience. I am sure you have heard of the crazy weather in the UK but Iceland is on its own scale. If you come prepared for all sorts of weather, you will not only not mind the constant changes but probably won’t take too much notice as you will just set out to enjoy the delightful visuals that are in store for you. That’s providing you pack clothes suitable for not only Iceland but the visit to Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon or even more so if you decide to do the glacier lagoon boat tour but they do give you suits too.
As you are approaching Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon it suddenly looks and feels so cold and there is ice EVERYWHERE! Endless pieces, chunks, all dancing about in the water as the little boats cruise people from the shoreline to up close and personal with the icebergs on the glacier lagoon. You suddenly understand why this little island is called Iceland. The beauty of visiting in the summer(evening though the pictures don’t look like it), is that you can come here in the evening and you will still be able to see much of the sights. I believe we arrived around 7pm or 8pm when I took these pictures.
Grab a ticket and go for a boat cruise.
Shops Near The Site and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon Tours
There is also only one small cafe on site, which also closes by 7pm so be sure to bring a flash with some warm tea or coffee and the temperature drops without warning.
Our visit was self-guided as we hired a campervan in Reykjavik but if you are not renting a car while in Iceland, you can check out tours with Get Your Guide as well as Viator as well as the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon tour boats available on site. These range from glacier walking to Golden Circle day tours. Aside from exploring much of the area on foot, you also have access to Glacier Lagoon cruise that take you around the lagoon to get close to the icebergs. You also spot a couple of seals in the distance. You are free to roam the surrounding area at your own leisure as there are no gates or entrance fees other than paying for the boat ride.
How To Get From Reykjavik to Jokulsarlon | How far is Jokulsarlon from Reykjavik?
The drive from Reykjavik to Jokulsarlon would take you at least 4.5 hours without stops. Bear in mind that you have the Geysir, Seljalalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Gullfoss and many others all before you get to the lagoon so doing that drive and back takes some effort. It’s best to break it up in two days. We explored the ring road and slept at a camping site in our campervan at Seljalandsfoss.
Grab some ice and take a bite! Or just pose.
What To Pack For A visit To Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
I will be sharing a detailed post on what to pack for a trip to Iceland but as you can see this is what summer tends to look like in this part of Iceland on some occasion. So dress warm and wear suitable shoes.
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