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The top 5 Activities to Do near Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Fjallsarlon Glacier Lagoon - Asa Steinars

Many travellers to Iceland are keen to pay a visit to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. This iceberg-strewn lake has fast become one of the country’s biggest tourist destinations. But don’t be tempted to turn your visit into a hurried affair, as there are plenty of things to do in and around this famous lagoon. Here are our top five activities to do near Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon – we’re confident that you’ll want to do them all!


Fjallsárlón is an exquisite lagoon whose backdrop is Fjallsjökull, one of the outlet glaciers of magnificent Vatnajökull (see photo above). Here, the glacier drops down steeply towards the water, adding drama and accentuating the contrast between the lake and its background. Trust us, this is a landscape worthy of the overused epithet awesome.

In winter, Fjallsárlón freezes over, and this icy landscape is transformed. If you’re here on a fine day, the snow-capped mountains are bathed in soft light. From November until April, the colder temperatures stabilise the ice, making an ice cave visit possible at Breiðamerkurjökull, an outlet glacier of mighty Vatnajökull. Gazing at the vivid blue ice is a wonderful experience that will impress even the most well-travelled visitors.

From April throughout October, zodiacs carry passengers out onto the water, where they’re treated to the sight of floating icebergs on a more intimate scale than at nearby Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Cosseted in warm jackets, the chill in the air is forgotten as you take in the extraordinary beauty of your surroundings.

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Diamond Beach sits on the Icelandic coast only a stone’s throw from both Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Fjallsárlón lagoon. Though there are many remarkable beaches throughout the country, this one is especially striking. You see, icebergs calve from Breiðamerkurjökull. They bob around in the water at Jökulsárlón for a bit before gently drifting with the current out to sea.

But these icebergs don’t stay offshore for long. Breaking waves wash them up onto Breiðamerkursandur where they are deposited on the black sand. There they remain, like diamonds, until the warmth of the air coupled with the action of the water eventually dissolves them. In between, these natural sculptures are the highlight of one of Iceland’s most striking locations, making this a must-see for every visitor.


While the icebergs of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Fjallsárlón are a reliable draw, there are also opportunities for wildlife photography in the vicinity. Grey and harbour seals are often seen in the water, ducking and diving amongst the hunks of ice. Occasionally, they haul themselves out of the lagoon to lay on the surface of a large iceberg.

It’s possible to see them from the shore, but you might opt to do a spot of wildlife photography while you’re on a boat trip. You’ll sometimes find them swimming right up to the side of the boat.

There’s a good chance seals won’t be the only wildlife subject during your visit. Orcas are sometimes seen offshore – it’s one of the reasons seals come into the lagoon to keep themselves safe from this predator. A plethora of seabirds can also be seen here. Arctic terns are one species that love it here, though puffins are less commonly sighted.

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It doesn’t really matter where you see the Northern Lights in Iceland – it will be a magical, unforgettable sight regardless of the setting. Yet even though this is true, if you see the Aurora Borealis over or close to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon or Fjallsárlón, it’s even more extraordinary.

This part of the south coast can feel a little busy in summer, but off season and after dark there’s a much higher chance of finding a spot for yourself. On a clear night, when the green and purple ribbons reflect off the ice and the water, there’s arguably no more beautiful place in the whole of the country. If the forecast looks promising, it’s well worth the drive just in case.


Though Iceland’s glaciers are impressive from a distance, nothing prepares you for the wow-factor of seeing them up close. On our Ultimate Glacier Adventure, you’ll don a helmet and pull-on crampons over your hiking boots for a thrilling walk up on the surface of the ice. The world’s glaciers are shrinking, so the opportunity to witness one of these breathtaking natural landforms from this perspective is a real privilege.

As part of a small group, you’ll take a boat ride to the foot of Fjallsjökull and disembark to follow an expert guide onto the glacier for a memorable hike. After exploring the glacial landscape and taking some photos, you’ll round off the excursion on a super jeep, a specially modified vehicle with high clearance and large tyres that can cope with the bumpy ride back.

Glacier hike Fjallsarlon Glacier Lagoon



3-4 hours

29.900 ISK

May - Nov

Your multi adventure starts with a calm boat ride on Fjallsarlon glacier lagoon. Following the boat ride, you’ll land at the foot of Fjallsjokull glacier, a place we have secluded access to. After the glacier hike, you will walk to a super jeep for a fun 15-20 min. return drive.


75-90 min

10.100 ISK

Apr - Nov

Sail with us in a Zodiac boat, amongst floating icebergs on the majestic Fjallsarlon Glacier Lagoon. This adventure tour will allow you to connect with the Icelandic nature in a way you have never experienced before. Come, have fun and cruise with us!



155.000 ISK

May - Oct

Immerse yourself in the spectacular Icelandic wilderness and spend a memorable night on the lagoon. The magnificent view over the glacier lagoon towards Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest glacier in Europe is sure to impress even the most experienced traveler!


75-90 min

101.000 ISK

Apr - Nov

On this private tour you can decide along with your captain how your cruise evolves. Cruise among icebergs and sail beside the glacier wall in your own style! This tour is popular with couples, friends & families who want to share an adventure in a private and personal way.


2 hours

255.000 ISK

Apr - Oct

Cruise to a secret island located close to the edge of the glacier in the lagoon. Set foot on land that only few have entered! Sip champagne and take in the magnificent view towards Vatnajokull Glacier, the largest glacier in Europe. Create memories that will last a lifetime.


3,5-4,5 hours

24.500 ISK

Nov – Mar

Explore the Icelandic wilderness on our way to a blue ice cave located in Breidarmerkurjokull glacier outlet.
Ice caves are a natural wonder that every adventurer should behold.



3-4 hours

21.900 ISK

Encounter the extraordinary by joining our exclusive glacier hike! This trip is tailored for those who seek adventure, are physically fit, and have a deep desire to explore the untouched, rugged attraction of Fjallsjökull glacier.

Fjallsarlon Iceberg Boat Tour Iceland

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