Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Boat Tour, South Coast

Overview

Bordering Iceland's vast Vatnajökull National Park is the famed Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, known for its incredible scenery, floating icebergs, and wildlife. The lagoon connects to two of Iceland's other glaciers, Breiðamerkurjökull and Vatnajökull, Europe's largest ice cap. Eventually, the lagoon's waters flow across the black-sand beach known as Diamond Beach and into the Atlantic Ocean. Nestled between the towns of Hof and Höfn, you can find the lagoon along Iceland's popular Ring Road.

Enjoy an exciting and picturesque boat trip on the lagoon, sailing among huge, electric-blue icebergs and reveling in the striking scenery of Jökulsárlón. You may even spot some local wildlife, including Arctic Terns, Skuas, and the hundreds of seals that feed on the lagoon's fish population. You'll also learn a bit about the lagoon's history, as it formed in the 20th century due to rising temperatures. Scientists believe Jökulsárlón will eventually expand into a larger, deeper fjord. 

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Traveler reviews

22 total ratings, 19 with reviews
4.4 out of 5
Feature ratings
Quality of Experience
4.9
Guides, Drivers and Staff
5.0
Transport
4.8
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Judy B.
Minnetonka, MN | Reviewed on Oct 13, 2023
Having a chance to be so close to the glacier and the icebergs was truly incredible - it gives a new perspective. The colors and magnificence were breathtaking. Our guide was great and offered wonderful information and happily answered our many questions. Read more

Having a chance to be so close to the glacier and the icebergs was truly incredible - it gives a new perspective. The colors and magnificence were breathtaking. Our guide was great and offered wonderful information and happily answered our many questions.

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Tim H.
Belmont, CA | Reviewed on Oct 08, 2023
The glaciers floating in the lagoon were spectacular! Especially some that had recently flipped to expose the deep blue ice that hadn’t been exposed to the air. Large stable zodiac with a great skipper took us right among the ice. Read more

The glaciers floating in the lagoon were spectacular! Especially some that had recently flipped to expose the deep blue ice that hadn’t been exposed to the air. Large stable zodiac with a great skipper took us right among the ice.

Tips for future travelers

They will give you a water survival suit to wear but be sure to have gloves and something for your face. When the boat is moving fast the air is quite cold.

Quality of Experience
Seeing the ice bergs up close was great
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Very friendly, helpful and safety conscious
Transport
Julie
Julie H.
Elmhurst, NY | Reviewed on Oct 01, 2023
This was possibly the biggest highlight of the trip. The lagoon was gorgeous and we were *this close* to the most adorable seals in the wild! Read more

This was possibly the biggest highlight of the trip. The lagoon was gorgeous and we were *this close* to the most adorable seals in the wild!

Tips for future travelers

You will want to be able to take TONS of pictures - but also your hands *will* get cold. Have either touch-screen gloves, or go gloveless but have those pocket hand warmers.

Quality of Experience
Adorable wild seals! Magnificent glaciers! Amazing, blue icebergs!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our boat captain was hilarious and incredibly knowledgeable. We learned so much about wildlife, global warming, and ice formation.
Transport
We drove straight to the lagoon and it was super easy to find.
Karen
Karen W.
Okolona, KY | Reviewed on Sep 23, 2023
While the views are amazing, my biggest reason for 3 stars is they try to pack too many people on the boat. Literally sardines. But we were allowed to stand up and walk around once we got out there. Read more

While the views are amazing, my biggest reason for 3 stars is they try to pack too many people on the boat. Literally sardines. But we were allowed to stand up and walk around once we got out there.

Tips for future travelers

It's certainly worth doing. You're not going to get splashed. But it is what they describe a boat on wheels that drives into the water.

Quality of Experience
Lots of information from our guide
Quality of Experience
Lots of information from our guide
Guides, Drivers and Staff
I wish I could remember her name. But she was great.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
I wish I could remember her name. But she was great.
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marjorie r.
Panama | Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

We did not make it on time to enjoy this experience. I am sure it would have been amazing. We enjoyed the surroundings when we finally arrived. There were too many sites to enjoy that morning!

Jennifer
Jennifer R.
Hanover, PA | Reviewed on Aug 20, 2023
Our boat captain, Adam, was fantastic. He clearly loves his job and his country. This was my favorite experience of the whole trip. Read more

Our boat captain, Adam, was fantastic. He clearly loves his job and his country. This was my favorite experience of the whole trip.

Tips for future travelers

You don’t really need to dress that warmly because they give you a giant snowsuit to put on.

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paul B.
Tysons Corner, VA | Reviewed on Aug 11, 2023
We accidentally missed our Zodiac boat tour, but we managed to get on to one of the duck boat tours as an alternative. In hindsight, we thought this was probably a better choice anyway, since the boat was more comfortable and slower which allowed us to take in the beauty of the glaciers at a more leisurely pace. Read more

We accidentally missed our Zodiac boat tour, but we managed to get on to one of the duck boat tours as an alternative. In hindsight, we thought this was probably a better choice anyway, since the boat was more comfortable and slower which allowed us to take in the beauty of the glaciers at a more leisurely pace.

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Cara
Cara W.
Nicetown-Tioga, PA | Reviewed on Aug 08, 2023

Very unfortunately, we did not get to do the Zodiac boat tour as it was cancelled due to high winds and rain. What a disappointment!

I had to put a star to continue, but obviously, not having done the boat tour, it is not valid.

Tips for future travelers

Have a back up plan.

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Jennifer M.
Raleigh, NC | Reviewed on Aug 06, 2023
Fun to be on the lagoon! We saw a couple seals too. Read more

Fun to be on the lagoon! We saw a couple seals too.

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Nels M.
Shaw, DC | Reviewed on Jul 26, 2023
This was an amazing experience. The tour was well-organized. Read more

This was an amazing experience. The tour was well-organized.

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