Glacier Lagoon & Black Diamond Beach | Private Tour

Jökulsárlón / Glacier lagoon, is one of Iceland’s most visited places and that’s no wonder! - This PRIVATE DAY-TOUR allows you to spend a magnificent day devoted to the wonders of Iceland’s south shore. You will see some of Iceland’s most magnificent scenery on the way, including the mighty Skógarfoss with its 60m drop, black sand desert, and you have the opportunity of sailing in between icebergs - Truly a breathtaking experience.

On this tour you will see some of Iceland’s biggest glacier rivers, black sands, and just before we reach the lagoon we will pass Iceland's second largest active volcano in the country, Öræfajökull glacier.

Jökulsárlón literally means glacier lagoon (Jökull - glacier, lón - lagoon). At the time when first settlers arrived in Iceland, the edge of Breiðamerkurjökull, an outlet glacier of the great glacier Vatnajökull, is thought to have been 20km further north than it is now. The climate began to cool in about the year 1200, the cold spell reaching a peak in the period 1600-1900, which is sometimes known as the "Little Ice Age". As a result the glacier advanced until about 1890, reaching a point only about 1km from the coast at Jökulsá river. The eastern part of the glacier eroded the sediments of Breiðamerkursandur to a depth of up to 300m below sea level, the sediment being carried forward by the river Jökulsá. Without the river the glacier could not have eroded such a deep basin, because it is the river that carries the sediment to the sea.

The warm period from 1920 to 1965 caused great changes in Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. It retreated very quickly, leaving a lagoon up to 190m deep where the glacier snout had been, and several kilometers of glacial moraines were exposed on both sides of the lagoon. The lagoon grew from 8km² in 1975 to 15km² in 1998. Large blocks of ice break off the edge of the glacier, which is about 30m high, keeping the lagoon stocked with icebergs.

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Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Boat Trip
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Jokulsarlon , Vatnajokull , Eyjafjallajökull , Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach , Vík i Mýrdal , Kirkjubæjarklaustur , Mýrdalsjökull Glacier , Skogarfoss (waterfall)
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : 08:00

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.
  • Pick up from accommodation in Reykjavik

  • 4X4 NORMAL JEEP / LAND ROVER DISCOVERY OR SIMILIAR transport with driver-guide

  • Boat rides (summertime) / Not included in the price

What to bring:
  • Clothes for all weather conditions & your camera to take pictures of all the action.

Good to know:

This tour can change depending on weather conditions.

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