Jökulsárlón is a picturesque glacier lagoon, situated on the southern part of Vatnajökull glacier on Highway 1 (the ring road), 370 kilometers east of Reykjavik. The Lagoon is one of Iceland's natural wonders.

Sailing between icebergs in Jokulsarlon Lagoon

The Lagoon is over 200 meters deep and is Iceland's largest and deepest glacier lagoon. It is located between Skaftafell National Park and the town of Höfn.

The Formation of the Lagoon

The lake was created in 1934 and has steadily grown since then. Following the massive melting of the glacier, large chunks of ice constantly break off Vatnajökull glacier and float on the lagoon until the glacier river sweeps them off to sea.

Due to the lake's proximity to the sea, salt water constantly makes its way to the lagoon, and there are fears that the lake will, eventually become, a fjord. The Icelandic government is committing great effort in order to prevent it.

How to get there?

The Lagoon is located near the ring road and the buses that run between Reykjavík and Höfn usually stop there. There is a visitors' center and cafeteria.

Map of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon