Jökulsárlón

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is one of the most amazing natural wonders of Iceland and one of the most popular attractions for travelers to visit. It’s a part of Vatnajökull national park and the largest glacier by mass in all of Europe. 

The lagoon itself is relatively new. Before 1934 the outlet glacier reached to the highway but then began to retreat. By 1956 the size of the lagoon was 4.5 km² and in 1975 the lagoon had reached the size of 8 km². Today, 84 years later, the lagoon is around 30km² and growing.  Jökulsárlón is also the deepest lake in Iceland with maximum depth around 260 meters.

This is the perfect place to experience wildlife, unspoiled nature and a unique environment where huge icebergs have calved off and float around the lagoon in all shapes and colors.

While visiting Jökulsárlón please be sure to check out the beach on the ocean side of the lagoon.  Icebergs float out the river into the ocean that delivers them to the black beach.  The name of the beach on the east side of the river is Eystri-Fellsfjara and on the west side of the river the beach is called Vestri Fellsfjara.  But for some time the beach is known by many as the Diamond Beach, where icebergs shine like diamonds on the black sanded beach. Don´t forget to check this unique place out.

Jökulsárlón is located in the south-east part of Iceland, in the realm of Vatnajökull national park. It’s about 380 kilometers east of Reykjavik and about 80 kilometers west of the town Höfn. The lagoon lies along the major ring road so it’s easily accessed.

Jökulsárlón is a place you simply cannot miss when visiting Iceland.


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