Zodiac Boat Tour of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Based on 9 traveller reviews

Hop on board a speedy Zodiac inflatable boat for a tour among the massive icebergs of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. This is part of an essential Icelandic experience, admiring the sun shining through the clouds on the blue-and-white ice floating peacefully from the lagoon.

Boat tours began at the lagoon in 1985, after the opening sequence of the Bond film A View to a Kill was shot on location. Today, they are one of the most popular activities in Iceland, and three other major motion pictures have been shot on the lagoon to catch the unbelievable scenery.

The glacier lagoon has been expanding since the 1970s due to the retreat of Vatnajökull glacier, pulling back from the coastline. It is now the deepest lake in Iceland, filling with ancient ice that cracks off of Breiðamerkurjökull glacial tongue, floating down rivers of meltwater to the glacier, where they float slowly out to sea, pulled by the tides.

In good weather, gulls and seals often play on the ice. Photographers love to capture these animals, along with the huge chunks of ice as they float by or wash up on nearby Diamond Beach and lie sparkling on the black sand like diamonds on velvet.

After making your way to Jökulsárlón to meet your group 30 minutes before tour departure, you’ll be provided with flotation suits and a life jacket. The small, low construction of the Zodiac boats allows you to explore a large area of the lagoon and get up close and personal with the ice (as close as safety allows).

Take this opportunity to whizz across the magnificent glacier lagoon in a high-powered Zodiac! Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Aug. - Sep.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Activities: Boat Trip
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 10 years old
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Jökulsárlón, Jökulsárlón - Glacier Lagoon | Boat Tours and Cafe
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:30, 11:00, 13:00, 14:30, 16:20, 17:40

Departure location:
Jökulsárlón Café
Included:
  • Boat tour of glacier lagoon (approx. 30 minutes)

  • English-speaking guide

  • Transportation to and from Jökulsárlón


What to bring:
  • Sunglasses

  • Camera

  • Sturdy shoes for walking/hiking

  • Warm clothing and outerwear suited to rainy or chilly weather (waterproof recommended)


Good to know:

Please note: Check-in is 30 minutes before departure and children under the age of 10 or under a height of 130 cm (4’3”) are not allowed on the Zodiac tour.



Reviews

Average rating 5 / Number of reviews 9

We had a wonderful and memorable experience

We did the zodiac boat tour, on a sunny and wonderful day! It was a one of a lifetime experience, so wonderful! The tour took us near the ice, the gletcher, even seen a searob lying in the sun. If you ever have a chance, go for it !!

We went on the Zodiac boat tour on a very rainy day, so we were a bit concerned that the tour might get cancelled. However, the boat tour was carried out as scheduled. This was one of the most memorable things I did in South Iceland. There are too different types of boat tours you can do: One with the amphibian boats and one with rubber boats. The Zodiac one is the latter. It was very wet and wild, but provided a much better chance of getting close to glaciers. Despite the weather, we got to enjoy the glacier and the floating icebergs scattered around Jokulsarlon. I would recommend this tour heartily to everyone traveling to Vatnajokull National Park.

We enjoyed our boat tour on the glacier lagoon so much that we decided to join this one too. I have to say though, being in a zodiac was so much more fun. If you are going to jokulsarlon then you have to try this. You wont regret it!

amazing experience!

This was an excellent experience, the lagoon is stunning by itself but the zodiac trip meant we could see so much more. The organisation was first class considering the logistics of looking after so many people properly! Highly recommended but book in advance :)

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