Zodiac Boat Tour of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Based on 23 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: October
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Activities: Boat Trip
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 10 years old
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Jokulsarlon , Jökulsárlón - Glacier Lagoon | Boat Tours and Cafe
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 10:30 11:50, 13:40, 15:00, 16:30,

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

Amazing! Such beauty, such peace, and such science. Our tour guide was amazing. Wa had had a guest with us who only spoke Spanish. And he spoke Spanish also! He translated for her so she could enjoy the tour as well. Since we have went on this trip I have recommended to everyone I know to go to Iceland! Just encredible place. The only regret I have is that we didn't stay longer. This trip will make you forget every other vacation you ever had.

This was an amazing tour to see the glacier lagoon. Staff were very friendly and informative! Even on a cloudy, rainy day it was a beautiful boat ride and the captain slowed down at the icebergs so we could view them better. One of the highlights on my trip was this tour!

Everything about this tour is a must-see. The crazy speeds of the boats, the closeness to the icebergs, the closeness to the glacier. And you will learn a lot about the glaciers. They do provide heavy jump suits that will keep you warm but not dry so make sure you have waterproof gear. Also make sure if you want great pics and video get water-resistant/proof camera/phone. If I could leave ten stars, I would. It was awesome.

Great trip around the lagoon! Our guide was informative and patient with those taking photos.

Great tour of a beautiful glacier lagoon. Our local guide was fun and full of interesting information. We were able to pull pieces of glacier ice out of the water and taste it! Zodiac boats were a fun way to experience the lagoon (they go fast!) and you are given flotation jump suits which provided a lot of warmth, as the lagoon temperature is much colder than on land.

Definitely worth the experience getting on the water and getting closer views of the glacier and icebergs floating in the lagoon. Fun local tour guide, great to learn not only about jokulsarlon but also the sheep and farming in Iceland.

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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