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.
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.
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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.
Cruises Along 'The Glacier Lagoon'
The main attraction in the lagoon area and one of the most unique and certainly the best ways to see Jökulsárlón is to take a cruise in an amphibious boat that sails between the icebergs. A vehicle that drives into the lagoon and as soon as the water is deep enough, functions as a boat. During the cruise, you can often notice sea lions basking in the sun on the glaciers themselves, learn the differences between normal ice and iceberg ice and even taste it. This cruise is approximately 45 minutes long and tickets may be purchased on site.
How Much Does it Cost?
Please visit jokulsarlon.is for more details.
The Glacier Lagoon in Breiðárlón
Breiðárlón, meaning "Wide River Lagoon" is a less popular glacier located just a few kilometers west of Jökulsárlón . The lagoon is easily recognizable on the map and has signs that help you access the location via a short unpaved road. It is definitely recommended to stop off and visit Breiðárlón , which offers worthy preparation for visiting the more famous Jökulsárlón lagoon.