Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & Diamond Beach Iceland

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Jökulsárlón is one of the most spectacular natural landmarks in Iceland. We spent a couple of hours here admiring the ice sculptures and exploring the scenery.

In this travel guide, I’ll share useful information to help you plan a trip to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

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Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon

Jökulsárlón is a glacier river lagoon located right beside the Ring Road between Höfn and Skaftafell.

This magnificent natural wonder hosts luminous blue icebergs from Breiðamerkurjökull, an offshoot of Europe’s largest glacier Vatnajökull.

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These icebergs crash down into the water and drift towards the Atlantic Ocean, creating impressive scenery.

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Diamond beach

After exploring Jökulsárlón, we walked across the road to Diamond beach.

Here, ice boulders and icebergs rest photogenically on the black-sand beach before their final journey to the sea. I caught a bit of light illuminating the icebergs, and it was beautiful. 

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Things to do at Jökulsárlón & Diamond beach

Take a boat trip

In the summer, several boat trips are departing the eastern car park by the cafe.

During the excursion, you’ll sail among the huge icebergs and get a close-up look at the beautiful icebergs.

The trip usually lasts about 40 minutes and includes an English-speaking guide who explains to you the geology and facts of the lagoon.

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Walk along the shore

You can also get almost as close to the icebergs and crystals by walking along the shore.

We went here during the sunset, and the whole area was breathtaking. The sky was lighted up in pink, blended in the striking color of the ice crystals.

I’d never seen any glacier lagoon before, and I was so stunned. It was surely a once-a-life-time experience and probably my favorite moment on the trip.

I also love listening to the cracking sound of the icebergs and then seeing them fluctuate towards the river mouth. 

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Hike the Breiðármörk Trail

If you love hiking, you can take a walking trail from the western car park at Jökulsárlón to the lagoons Breiðárlón (10km one way) and Fjallsárlón (15.3km).

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How to get from Reykjavik to Jökulsárlón by car?

You can drive along the Route 1 to get to Jökulsárlón from Reykjavik. The journey takes about 5 to 6 hours, and the scenery along the way is really impressive.

I recommend stopping at some famous landmarks and making a couple of day trips. We didn’t reach Jökulsárlón until day 5, and we visited several spots along the way.

Parking: You can find car parks on the ocean side of the Ring Road, on both sides of the bridge over the river.

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How to get from Reykjavik to Jökulsárlón by bus?

Sterna Bus

In July and August, you can take Sterna Bus 12/12a from Reykjavík (8¾ hours, 12,000kr) or at several towns along the South coast to Jökulsárlón runs daily.

The bus returns to Vík after two hours at the lagoon. You can stay overnight there and return to Reykjavík the following day (return from Reykjavík 24,000kr).