Jokulsarlon Tours
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, 'The Crown Jewel of Iceland,' is famed for glittering icebergs, playful seal colonies and stunning views of the adjacent glacier. Jökulsárlón tours maximise your time at the lagoon and the nearby Diamond Beach, providing an unforgettable sightseeing experience.

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Jokulsarlon Tours

Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, 'The Crown Jewel of Iceland,' is famed for glittering icebergs, playful seal colonies and stunning views of the adjacent glacier. Jökulsárlón tours maximise your time at the lagoon and the nearby Diamond Beach, providing an unforgettable sightseeing experience.
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5-Day Winter Package | The Golden Circle, Ice Cave, Northern Lights & Blue Lagoon

Come along on a 5-day journey and visit the Golden Circle, the South Coast, the Blue Lagoon and an authentic Ice Cave with this all-encompassing winter package. Your five days will be brimming with Icelandic culture, history, and the unforgettable, snowy landscapes that make Iceland a 'hot' destination in winter.  Those wanting to travel with ease and comfort to Iceland's best sights, should not miss this winter package as this trip includes all accommodation, transportation, and visits to incredible natural attractions with a knowledgeable guide. You only need to show up and get ready to have the time of your life in Iceland. With this winter package, you'll not only get to relax in the Blue Lagoon Spa and visit the famous Golden Circle, but you'll also journey down to the South Coast, as far as Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and Vatnajökull National Park where you'll visit a rare, natural blue ice cave. You'll also get to hunt for the beautiful Aurora Borealis with a complimentary Northern Lights tour where you'll be either driven to the Icelandic countryside or sail out to the ocean in search for these dancing lights. And if you'd like to add more adventures to this action-packed winter journey, you can opt for tours where you'll snowmobile on a glacier, snorkel between continents or ride around the wild nature on an Icelandic horse. Don't hesitate and reserve this all-in-one winter package now! Discover the stunning Icelandic landscape while the elusive Northern Lights dance in the sky above you.  Check availability by choosing a date.
4.7
252 reviews

Duration:
5days
Available:
Oct. - Mar.
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4.8
168 reviews

Duration:
7days
Available:
Sep. - Apr.
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​Ice Cave Tour by Vatnajokull Glacier | Departure from Jokulsarlon

Join this incredible experience to see the extraordinary beauty of two Icelandic ice caves in winter. This tour is perfect for those who want to explore these natural wonders hidden beneath Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe.  Your ice cave experience will begin at the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon base camp. Here you will enjoy some complimentary tea or coffee in the warmth of a purpose-built bus with a working fireplace. This is the perfect place to get excited about the adventure ahead. You will then board a modified monster truck and head off towards the mighty Vatnajökull Glacier. One thing that sets this tour apart from others is that you will be driven right to the mouth of the ice cave; there’s no hiking necessary, meaning you get the most out of your time exploring. Along the way to the caves, your experienced guide will tell you all about the surrounding landscape and how ice caves form. Once you arrive at the first cave, you will be guided inside. Ice caves are unique and form each year during the regular melt and freeze cycles of glaciers. Each ice cave is as unique as a fingerprint, making a visit to one a truly unique experience. You will then be driven to the next cave. Because you will visit two ice caves on this tour, you will get to see for yourself just how they differ.  The two ice caves visited are used exclusively by us. This means the group sizes remain smaller when compared to other ice cave tours. You will have plenty of time inside to experience icy walls, dappled in stunning blues. Your guide will be with you the whole time to share a wealth of information, answer any question and help you get the best possible photos of your experience. You will then be taken back through the enchanting landscapes of the south to the base camp. Along the way you will make a stop to take in the natural surroundings, making for another incredible photo opportunity. Before your tour ends, you will have experienced two unique natural wonders that few ever get to see and take home some spectacular memories of the icy beyond. This is one of the highest-rated ice cave tours available. Because of its popularity, it often books out so don’t delay, check availability by choosing a date and get ready to explore some natural wonders.   
4.5
735 reviews

Duration:
2.5hours
Available:
Oct. - Mar.
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Day Tour to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon from Reykjavik

Join the adventure on this magical South Coast tour to the majestic icebergs of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, one of the most beautiful and dramatic spots in the whole of Iceland. On your journey to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, you will be privy to a plethora of amazing natural sights; countless waterfalls cascade majestically down towering cliff faces, meadows of quintessential farmland sprawl to the shores of the Atlantic, gentle rivers trickle and slice the landscape. From your seat, you’ll feel as though you’ve entered a magical fantasy land, a world that almost defies the imagination. On top of all that, you will traverse the black sand deserts of Skeiðarársandur and Sólheimasandur. You will also pass through the charming fishing village of Vik, see the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss and even the highly popular Vatnajökull National Park, with its giant of a glacier and unique flora and fauna. At Jökulsárlón, you will be left speechless and enthralled at the sight of diamond-blue icebergs bobbing and moving gracefully through the water, the glacier tall and mighty in the background. Many of you might recognise the glacier from such films as Tomb Raider and James Bond: Die Another Day! If not, you’ll certainly recognise the feeling of peace and tranquillity that overcomes you on first sight of the icebergs. The sound of the icebergs rubbing and scraping against one another creates a satisfying groan, made all the more perfect by happy seals playing together in the water. You can also check out the shoreline, where the icebergs move off into the sea, creating fantastic photo opportunities! This is a holiday location you will never want to forget! So what are you waiting for? Don’t delay in booking this fantastic day tour across the beautiful landscapes of South Iceland, finally arriving at the tour highlight, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Check availability by choosing a date!
4.6
167 reviews

Duration:
14.5hours
Available:
All year
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Ice Cave & Northern Lights | Day Tour to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Get the ultimate icy experience with this Ice Cave and Northern lights tour. Travel the South Coast all the way to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where you’ll be taken up Vatnajökull glacier to an authentic ice cave, then spend the evening hunting for the Northern Lights. After being picked up in the morning, you will board a large but comfortable jeep or a minibus and head to Iceland's South Coast. You’ll travel past white glaciers and black sand deserts on your way to the first stop, Jökulslárlón glacier lagoon. Giant icebergs that have broken off a nearby glacier float serenely on the freezing water before drifting off to sea. Make sure you keep an eye out for seals, as they can sometimes be spotted swimming in the lagoon or lounging on the bergs. Close by is a black sand beach where smaller icebergs have washed up on shore. As they glisten in the sunlight, they are reminiscent of gemstones on black satin. The scene has thus earned the beach the nickname, The Diamond Beach. After marvelling at this spectacular sight, you’ll be driven through the rugged glacier terrain to the Ice Cave. There, a local guide will provide you will all safety gear, such as crampons, helmet and lights, before you enter the ice cave itself. After enjoying the dazzling blue ice cave, you’ll board the bus again and head back to the city. Before reaching Reykjavík, you will, however, make the last scheduled stop at the waterfall Seljalandsfoss. During the winter months, the cascade is lit with strong floodlights which give it a mystical aura and provides excellent photo opportunities. As you are travelling in the winter, there is always a chance the elusive Northern Lights will make an appearance. If the dancing Aurora’s haven’t shown up during the tour, and if conditions are right, you will take a little detour on the way back to Reykjavík to search for these beautiful lights. After a long day of sightseeing and adventure, you will be dropped off in Reykjavík shortly after midnight. Discover Iceland’s frosty attractions on this immersive day tour. Book now to secure your place on this fascinating Ice Cave and Northern Lights excursion. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.5
22 reviews

Duration:
14hours
Available:
Jan. - Apr.
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South Coast Tour | Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Vik & Waterfall

Step right up to experience the glaciers, icebergs and waterfalls that give Iceland its stunning reputation, culminating at one of the most popular attractions of all: Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. This tour is for anyone who would like to see the landscapes which make Iceland one of the hottest tourist destinations in the world. You’ll be picked up at your designated pickup location in Reykjavík and glide down the south coast, past sun-sparkled fields of grass, fields of black lava cooled and hardened after eruptions long ago, sheep and horses playing with their young in the glens, and cliffs and mountains rising high over the land. The lunch break will be held at a local restaurant where you can discover Icelandic dishes! Once you have stretched your legs, you’ll continue on the coast past Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Iceland. Finally, you’ll reach one of the crowning glories of Iceland, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. The ancient ice in the lake breaks off from the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, making its way through the lagoon before being released into the sea. You’ll have plenty of time to explore here, watching out for gulls and seals that play in the lagoon and admiring the blue colour of the icebergs. You can also take a walk on nearby Diamond Beach with its black sand, another hint towards Iceland's volcanic past. Chunks of ice wash on shore here and sparkle in the sun like diamonds on a bed of velvet, which is what inspired the name. You’ll make your way back to the West and stop in Vík, a small town on the coast and an important stop on the Ring Road. You’ll experience the cute cafés and souvenir shops during this dinner break. On the way back, you’ll be passing one of Iceland’s most famous waterfall: Seljalandsfoss. An additional secret stop will be planned in this itinerary! So hurry now and grab a seat on this fantastic bus tour to see the true natural jewels of Iceland’s south coast. Check the booking availability by choosing a date.
4.6
59 reviews

Duration:
14hours
Available:
All year
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4.6
134 reviews

Duration:
6days
Available:
Oct. - Mar.
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10 Day Self Drive Tour | Top Ring Road Attractions & Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Make the most of your time in Iceland with this extensive 10-day, self-drive tour. Over the course of your adventure, you will discover all the popular natural wonders Iceland has to offer, and many sights you may not even know exist. This self-drive package helps you save money without sacrificing anything! It circles the Ring Road, taking you around the whole country, including the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, and the famous Golden Circle. Better yet, it offers full comfort, - your accommodation will always have an ensuite bathroom and breakfast is included. Best of all, you choose where to drive, and when to leave. There are no bus schedules or impatient tour guides to worry about. You're free to spend as much time in each spot as you'd like. At Guide to Iceland, we want you to experience the best of the natural beauty this country has to offer. We hope you’ll leave feeling revitalised and exhilarated by the beauty of the Icelandic landscape. To help with this, we've handpicked hidden locations across the land where you can be almost entirely alone, far from noisy people or busy streets. These are included in our travel plan, which you'll receive after you book.  Customise your vacation during booking so that it's exactly what you've been dreaming of. On your way around the Golden Circle, snorkel in the space between two continental plates, go snowmobiling on Langjökull glacier or explore the inside of a volcanic magma chamber (if you're here between May and November). You can also take a tour to an ice cave in Mýrdalsjökull glacier, and visit the world-famous Blue Lagoon Spa. Furthermore, you can hike a glacier, or board a ship to see the giants of the deep in the whale-watching capital of Europe. You can also get the lay of the land with a horse riding trek, journey into dark lava caves, or even walk inside man-made channels within Langjökull glacier. You can get all of these excursions at a reduced price if you book them alongside this tour. Check out how many stunning sights and activities you can see and do in Iceland on this amazing trip! Check availability by choosing a date.
4.7
100 reviews

Duration:
10days
Available:
May. - Aug.
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Jokulsarlon Amphibian Boat Tour

Jump aboard this incredible boat trip in one of the world’s most inspiring places: the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Cruise between the marvellous icebergs that make this site so beautiful and well-renowned.  To begin this tour, you will meet at the cafe at Jökulsárlón twenty minutes before your departure, where you can exchange your vouchers for boat tickets. From here, you will proceed to board the amphibious vessel on land and wait for it to drive into the water. No doubt, before getting aboard, you will have been marvelling at the spectacle of Jökulsárlón. When immersed in the lagoon, however, with the icebergs surrounding you from all angles, you will experience a different kind of beauty; this otherworldly environment is simply breathtaking. You will spend forty minutes exploring the lagoon. There will be an English-speaking guide on board who will tell you all about the area's formation, history and future. You will even have an opportunity to taste the ice; considering it is thought to be about a thousand years old, this is quite the unique experience. As you cruise through the lagoon, keep an eye out for seals. Many of these adorable creatures call Jökulsárlón home, and they can often be seen playing in the water or basking on the bergs. The glacier lagoon is considered by many to be the most beautiful sight in Iceland, and an amphibious boat is one of the best ways to view it in all its glory. Once the tour is complete, however, do not forget to take a walk to the Diamond Beach to see where the bergs wash up after reaching the sea. A full day could be spent exploring this area, but the boat tour is sure to be the highlight. Do not miss your opportunity to see Jökulsárlón from amongst the ancient ice. Book now to make sure you get your place on board. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.6
177 reviews

Duration:
35minutes
Available:
May. - Oct.
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8 Days / 7 Nights Self Drive Tour | The Ring Road & Golden Circle

Book now and secure yourself eight days and 7 nights in the land of ice and fire. This road trip is for anyone who likes to go where the wind takes them, rather than having tour guides in control. Using the Ring Road as your guide, you'll see as many of the country's natural wonders as can be fitted into eight days, including the capital city of Reykjavík, the world-famous Golden Circle sightseeing route, and Akureyri, 'the Capital of the North.' You'll also visit Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, the beautiful Lake Mývatn, waterfalls, volcanoes, rural towns and countless other attractions.  During the booking process, you can also add some exciting activities to your trip at a discounted price. Daredevils can go snowmobiling on Langjökull glacier, hike on a glacier or snorkel between two continents in Þingvellir National Park. Nature enthusiasts can join the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon boat tour, go whale watching off Húsavík town, ride an Icelandic horse through the countryside, explore the dark places of the Earth on a caving tour, or venture inside the glistening white halls of a glacier. There is even the chance to descend into the vividly coloured magma chamber of a sleeping volcano. And if you want to relax, you can book a trip to the world-famous Blue Lagoon, so you can bask in its soothing azure waters while you're here.  Also to help you relax is the personal itinerary you'll receive upon booking. There you'll find many spots where you can be virtually alone, at incredible locations most visitors have never heard of. You'll also find in the itinerary, information of you full-comfort accommodation which will include an ensuite bathroom and breakfast. So do not hesitate, grab the wheel and this unique opportunity to create the perfect stay in Iceland; exploring the all-time attractions of the Ring Road as well its hidden gems at your own pace. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.8
92 reviews

Duration:
8days
Available:
May. - Aug.
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4.8
44 reviews

Duration:
8days
Available:
Sep. - Apr.
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5 Day Winter Self Drive Tour | Northern Lights, Golden Circle & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Discover the unforgettable, snowy landscapes of Iceland for yourself with this winter self-drive tour. Relax in the Blue Lagoon, see the Golden Circle and drive the South Coast all the way to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where you can visit an authentic ice cave, all in just five days. This tour is designed for those who desire the freedom to explore Iceland’s winter scene in their own time. Upon booking you’ll receive a personal itinerary, pointing you in the direction of interesting locations, but you are behind the wheel, so you decide where you go and how long you stay. There are no impatient tour guides rushing you from place to place, so you can take your time at each location, capturing the perfect photo of Gullfoss waterfall or watching the ocean waves crash upon the shore at Reynisfjara black sand beach. Your only set destinations are your accommodations each night, which have been arranged for you before the journey begins. If you want to spice up your holiday with an adventure or two, you can add on tours during the booking process where you ride around the countryside on the Icelandic horse or snorkel in crystal-clear glacial water. You will also have the option adding a snowmobiling tour on top of a glacier, visiting two ice caves, one of those is only accessible during the winter months, and soaking in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon. Enjoy the beautiful Icelandic nature in the winter with this 5-day self-drive tour. Visit the country’s most iconic attractions as the Northern Lights dance in the sky above. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.8
40 reviews

Duration:
5days
Available:
Sep. - Apr.
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2 in 1 Bundle Discount Winter Tours | Golden Circle, Ice Cave & Snaefellsnes

Visit many of Iceland’s highlights over four days and save money while doing so with this discounted tour bundle. Those who want to mix their winter-time in Iceland with both sightseeing and adventure, while cutting on costs, should not miss this opportunity. This combo consists of two tours, which will bring you to many famous sites and all three of Iceland’s National Parks. On the 3-day south coast tour, you will get to explore the Golden Circle, South Coast and the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon; you also get to embark on a glacier hike and an ice caving adventure. On the day tour to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, you will see majestic waterfalls, stretches of dark lava fields and a mighty glacier.  During the 3-day tour to the south coast, you will be staying in country hotels along the trip for 2 nights, which are included in the price. This will cut down on driving time and put you right in the middle of the sites. You will also be transported around in comfortable minibuses throughout both tours, led by experienced guides, making the experience as personal and enjoyable as possible. Iceland during winter is one of its most beautiful times. Many of the sites you will visit will be draped in snow and sparkling with frost; the glaciers will be clad in fresh, electric blue ice; and the ice caves are open. These caves only occur in Iceland’s coldest months, and only then under certain conditions, so the chance to explore one is something very few have. Of course, winter is also the season of the Northern Lights. There will be many hours of darkness each day, and whenever there is no cloud cover, you have a chance of seeing them. This is only amplified when you are staying out in the country, where there is little light pollution. Make the most of your time in Iceland throughout winter, without breaking the bank. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.6
74 reviews

Duration:
4days
Available:
Sep. - Mar.
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5 Day Family-Friendly Winter Package | Golden Circle, South Coast, Reykjavik & Blue Lagoon

Experience Iceland in a fun and easy way with this 5-day family friendly all-in-one package. Visit the country’s most famous attractions such as the Golden Circle, the Blue Lagoon, and the South Coast with those you love.  This all-in-one package is perfect for those who want to see Iceland’s highlights with ease and comfort, and it's especially suitable for those travelling with young adventurers. Sit back and enjoy your Iceland vacation by letting others do the planning, from accommodation to tours and transport, you won't need to worry about a thing.  On this winter holiday, you’ll be taken on a journey to Iceland’s most beautiful sights such as Þingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, the waterfalls Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, and the stunning black sand beach Reynisfjara. You will also get to explore the vibrant city of Reykjavík, hunt for the Northern Lights, and unwind in the healing waters of the Blue Lagoon Spa. Each night, you’ll return to your accommodation in Reykjavík, so there is no need to move around and repack every day, giving you the freedom to enjoy the sights without a care, and making for a smooth, relaxing holiday. Should you wish to make your day more action-packed, you can add on an array of extra activities during the booking process. You could go snowmobiling on a glacier, ride around the countryside on an Icelandic horse, travel to the spectacular Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and Snæfellsnes peninsula or visit an authentic ice cave. Witness the wonders of the Icelandic countryside during the Northern Lights season in comfort with this 5-day tour package. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.8
28 reviews

Duration:
5days
Available:
Sep. - Apr.
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2 Day South Coast Tour | Blue Ice Cave, Jokulsarlon, Black Beach & Waterfalls

Join this two-day tour of the stunning South Coast of Iceland to discover glaciers, lava fields, volcanoes, rivers and cascading waterfalls, as well as the unique and naturally formed Blue Ice Cave. This excursion is for anyone looking to experience the vast wonders of Iceland in only two days.  Your adventure begins with a pickup from Reykjavík City on the morning of your first day, after which you will pay a visit to two of the country’s most famous and remarkable waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Then, you will be treated to nearby waterfalls of equal beauty; Gljúfrabúi, Kvernufoss and Írafoss, which are hidden gems of the area that many people miss out on experiencing. The black pebble beach Reynisfjara and its stunning sea stacks Reynisdrangar will complete this exciting first day of the tour. After a good night’s rest, your adventure continues, as you visit the otherworldly nature reserve Skaftafell and take a walk along the Diamond Beach. The beach consists of black velvet sands dotted with glistening icebergs that are making their way from the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon to the Atlantic Ocean.  The glacier lagoon counts as one of Iceland’s primary attractions, where you can gaze at the huge chunks of ice floating in the azure waters—you might even spot the resident seals that are often curious enough to greet visitors.  Then it’s time for the highlight of the tour; to visit a natural ice cave within Vatnajökull glacier, Iceland’s largest ice cap. To visit one of these caves is a rarity and a privilege, as they are hunted down by experts each fall and fill with meltwater each spring. Since this is the winter season, there is a good chance the Northern Lights might grace you with their presence each night of your adventure.  This tour is in high demand and of limited availability. Book now if you want to experience the nature of Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date. 
4.8
193 reviews

Duration:
2days
Available:
Nov. - Mar.
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Super Jeep, Glacier Hike & Ice Cave Tour | Departure from Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Add an exciting twist to your winter holiday with this action-packed tour where you’ll jump aboard a super jeep to travel up Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull, for a glacier hike followed by a visit to an authentic ice cave. Those looking for a unique and rare experience in Iceland need to look no further.  A stop at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is a must when travelling the famed South Coast of Iceland. It is a stunning location where enormous icebergs which have fallen off the nearby Vatnajökull glacier, float on an aquamarine lagoon. It is here where you will meet your guides for today’s adventure.  By the glacier lagoon, you will board a large vehicle known as a super jeep. These cars have been custom built to handle Iceland’s rough terrain. Your guide will take you up the slopes of Vatnajökull glacier, through a beautiful world of ice and snow.  After some time in the super jeep, it is time to strap on crampons, leave the car behind and start the 1.5-hour glacier hike. You’ll be lead through the frosty wilderness of the glacier, past breathtaking ice formations and moulins while the guide tells you all about glaciers, from how they are formed to how they constantly change. Please note that the difficulty level for this tour is set to 'moderate' as the hike to and from the cave is quite long. You will then reach the entrance to the ice cave, here you will be given plenty of time to explore and photograph this stunning natural feature. Inside the cave, you’ll find walls of sapphire blue filled with millions of tiny bubbles from air frozen inside the ice, and strange ice sculptures, formed by the changing of the seasons.  Come along on this fantastic tour where you’ll ride a super jeep, hike up a glacier and explore inside a blue ice cave on top of Vatnajökull glacier. Book now to secure your spot on this great adventure. Check availability by choosing a date.
5.0
18 reviews

Duration:
6hours
Available:
Oct. - Apr.
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4.6
66 reviews

Duration:
7days
Available:
Oct. - Mar.
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10 Day Northern Lights Self Drive Tour | The Circle of Iceland

Drive the entire ring-road of Iceland in ten days, on this immersive winter tour. Carefully designed by local travel experts who know the land and the Icelandic winter, this itinerary takes road conditions and daylight hours into consideration to create a journey suitable for winter travel in Iceland. This trip should appeal to anyone who seeks to make the most of this country as possible, who has a great sense of adventure, and who wants the freedom to decide where to go and when.  On this self-drive, you will get to see some of Iceland’s most iconic sights, seeing the floating icebergs at Jökulsárlón, the serene lava fields of Lake Mývatn and the world renowned Golden Circle while enjoying the evening glow of the Northern Lights above. You'll also receive a personal itinerary guiding you to unique, lesser-known locations where you can truly immerse yourself in the untouched nature, far from the crowds. If you'd like to experience something even more unique or get some amazing thrills, you can always add some adventure to your journey. Throughout the booking process, you can add on tours such as dogsledding, glacier hiking and snowmobiling. If you visit between November and March, you will also have the rare opportunity to take a trip into an authentic ice cave. Travelling around all of Iceland in winter will expose you to an incredible wonderland of snowy terrain. It does, however, make driving a challenge for those without experience on icy roads. This tour, therefore, should only be booked if the group you are travelling with has a confident driver, preferably with experience under similar conditions. Don't miss out on this Icelandic adventure. Book now to create the winter holiday of a lifetime. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.9
25 reviews

Duration:
10days
Available:
Sep. - Apr.
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Zodiac Boat Tour of Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

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.
4.9
134 reviews

Duration:
60minutes
Available:
May. - Oct.
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14 Day Self Drive Tour | Circle of Iceland & The Westfjords

Book this two-week tour of Iceland’s Ring Road and the Westfjords and experience the very the best that Iceland has to offer. Aside from the most popular areas in the country, you will zigzag through the remote regions, and see many charming, lesser-known locations most visitors do not get the chance to. You'll travel in full comfort, even in the remote and wild Westfjords, always with private facilities and breakfast included at your accommodation.  Many visitors come to Iceland to savour time in the fresh air and take in the magnificence of this country's landscapes without the crowds. Guide to Iceland will, therefore, provide you with a custom itinerary after you book, allowing you to escape back to nature and discover places most have never heard of. With accommodation in the best locations, you can enjoy Iceland to the fullest.  Not only this, but you will also see all the famous sights. This tour includes a trip around the Golden Circle, and a journey of the beautiful South Coast, to the Jökulsárlon glacier lagoon. This way, you get to experience a perfect blend of Iceland's most popular destinations, and its least known secrets.  You can add extra activities during booking so that you won't miss any fun during your stay. As you pass through the Golden Circle, you can stop to snorkel in Silfra fissure in Þingvellir national park. If you're captivated by the glaciers, you can take a hike up one, descend into an ice cave on another or snowmobile across their ancient ice. Or if you want to relax, you can book a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon spa. You can spin around Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon on a boat, or go sea angling or whale watching in the North. To take it easy, you can trail ride on an Icelandic horse or sail the coast in search of puffins. The opportunities are endless and if you book in combination with this tour, you can look forward to reduced costs than if you booked on the day. Reserve this trip now for a complete experience of the wonders of Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.7
26 reviews

Duration:
14days
Available:
May. - Oct.
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Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon Hovercraft Sightseeing Tour

Explore the beautiful Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in a new and exciting way; in a Hovercraft. This is Iceland’s only hovercraft excursion making it perfect for those looking for a unique way to experience one of Iceland’s most beautiful attractions. Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon has been nicknamed “The Crown Jewel of Iceland” due to its unquestionable magnificence. Brilliant blue and white pieces of ice break away from a nearby glacier and drift through the lagoon’s crystal waters out to sea, resulting in a breathtaking elegance that will have you spellbound. Hovercrafts are unique vessels that use blowers to produce a large amount of air below the hull causing these remarkable boats to rise above the surface of the water. You could wish for no smoother journey as you float alongside beautiful blocks of ancient glacial ice. Additionally, you can enjoy the comfort of being fully enclosed inside the vessel, promising protection from any strong winds or weather. Your journey begins at Hali farm which is only a short drive from Jökulsárlón and offers free parking. Here, you will meet your expert local guide who will drive you in a Jeep to the hovercraft. Once you are onboard, your pilot will weave between the ice so you can enjoy the impressive structures up close. As well as leading you between icebergs, your guide will provide information about the history of Jökulsárlón as well as information about the craft in which you are cruising. Keep an eye out for resident seals who can often be spotted playing among the floating ice. You will be on the lagoon between 45-60 minutes and the entire excursion will be 1.5-2 hours including the drive from Hali farm. Sail between icebergs and book this exciting and unique tour before it sells out. Check availability by choosing a date.
5.0
7 reviews

Duration:
1.8hours
Available:
Nov. - Apr.
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8 Day Winter Self Drive | Ring Road & Golden Circle with Northern Lights Hunting

Make the most of your time in Iceland with this 8-day winter self-drive. Circle the entire country and travel to mesmerising places such as the famous Golden Circle sightseeing route, the spectacular South Coast, the quiet Eastfjords, and the dramatic North. Visit stunning locations such as the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Lake Mývatn on a self-drive tour that is suited for anyone wanting to travel on their own terms during the Northern Lights season. You are behind the wheel so you can create your own adventure. There are no bus schedules or impatient tour guides to worry about, so you’ll be free to spend as much time in each spot as you like. Upon booking, you’ll receive a personal itinerary guiding you to your accommodation each night, to the most popular attractions as well as some hidden gems. You’ll circle the entire ring road on this tour, seeing geysers erupt, waves crashing on Reynisfjara black sand beach, and icebergs drift on the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Furthermore, you will also receive a ticket to the Blue Lagoon where you can relax in the healing silica waters of this famous spa. During the booking process, you can add on an array of extra adventures to spice up your journey. As this is a winter tour, you’ll have the rare opportunity of visiting an ice cave which is only accessible for a few months each year. You can also opt for tours where you get to know glaciers better with either a hike or by racing across the ice cap on a snowmobile. Get to know the country with this extensive 8-day winter self-drive tour. Enjoy the scenic Icelandic nature while the elusive Northern Lights dance in the Arctic sky above you. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.9
9 reviews

Duration:
8days
Available:
Sep. - Apr.
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4-Day Package to the Ice Cave | Jokulsarlon, Northern Lights and the South Coast

Witness the marvels of Iceland in winter with this four-day package to the Vatnajökull ice-caves, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and South Coast; you will even have opportunities to behold the Northern Lights and visit the Blue Lagoon. This trip should not be missed by any who want to pack their time in Iceland with beautiful sightseeing and thrilling adventure. The diverse, beautiful landscapes and features of Iceland are what draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, and you will get to see a wealth of them. Visits to beautiful waterfalls, dramatic glaciers, black-sand beaches, lava fields and hot springs will all be included in this itinerary. You will also have the chance to visit incredible Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, the ‘crown jewel of Iceland’s nature’. Other than a once-in-a-lifetime exploration of an ice cave, an opportunity that exists in very few places, this package comes with two added bonuses. Immediately after arrival, you will be able to wash away any stresses of your journey in the famous healing waters of the Blue Lagoon. The price of this packages includes standard entrance, but you can upgrade this for more luxury if you want. That night, you will also take a complimentary Northern Lights tour, by boat or by bus. The Northern Lights, however, could show on any of the three nights you are staying in Iceland, so keep a constant eye out whenever it is dark. Do not miss these incredible four-days; book now for your opportunity to see the ice cave, Northern Lights, and more. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.8
22 reviews

Duration:
4days
Available:
Oct. - Mar.
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7 Day Self Drive Tour | The Ring Road of Iceland

Make the most of just one week in Iceland on this 7-day, self-drive tour. You'll drive the complete circle around Iceland to all the highlights while having plenty of time to explore the capital. This tour is the perfect combination of nature-loving outdoor fun and the comforts of Iceland's most beautiful historic cities: Reykjavík and Akureyri in the north. On a self-drive tour, you can control where you go and what you see. There are no tour guides or other guests to worry about on this trip - you're in the driver's seat. You will travel the Ring Road around the whole of Iceland and visit two national parks, see some of Iceland's prettiest fishing villages, and in between, marvel over countless waterfalls, volcanoes, craters, mountains and hot springs. At the end of the day you will rest in full comfort with an ensuite bathroom and of course, breakfast is included at all accommodations. The Ring Road will get you to the most famous of all Iceland’s attractions, but most visitors seek to escape the crowds on their travels as well. There are many secret locations which will allow you to break free of that tourist feeling and get back to nature. You will receive a special itinerary after you book, full of hidden gems and old favourites so that your holiday will be second to none.   You can also add some extra activities to your tour during the booking process at a discounted price. There are options such as snowmobiling, glacier hiking, visiting the Blue Lagoon, and a boat tour around Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon you can add onto your trip. The summer days in Iceland are long, so make the most of them by starting early and finishing late—you won't ever need to reach a destination 'before it gets dark' since during the season of the midnight sun it doesn't get dark; between the months of May and August.  Pack in as much stunning scenery as you can with this 7-day self-drive tour! Check availability by choosing a date.
4.8
34 reviews

Duration:
7days
Available:
May. - Oct.
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Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is found on the South Coast and is often regarded as 'the Crown Jewel of Iceland'. This dazzling lagoon sees large icebergs floating peacefully toward the ocean, having broken away from the adjacent glacier, Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. Five minutes from the lagoon, one can find the Diamond Beach. Both attractions are popular stops on sightseeing routes along the South Coast.

1. When is the best time to visit Jokulsarlon?

Jökulsárlón is a prime attraction throughout the year, offering an entirely unique experience with each passing season. 

2. What activities can I partake in around Jokulsarlon?

In winter, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is the meeting point for ice cave tours, and in summer, you can join a boat tour here, which will take you sailing out on the glacier lagoon itself.

3. How long does it take to drive to Jokulsarlon from Reykjavik?

Driving to the lagoon from Reykjavik takes approximately five hours. A return journey will thus take approximately ten hours. Though it is possible to spend a full day doing this drive, it is advised to take a multi-day guided tour, or split the journey with an overnight stop along the route.

4. What is the Diamond Beach?

The Diamond Beach is the stretch of coastline south of Jökulsárlón. Its official name is Breiðamerkursandur, however, it gained its nickname from the glistening diamond-like icebergs that wash up on the shore. It can be walked to from the lagoon in just five minutes, though most people will drive across as there is a road between the two sites.

5. What accommodation is available in Jokulsarlon?

There are many accommodation options in nearby towns. This includes hotels, hostels and campsites in the areas around Jökulsárlón. As Jokulsarlon itself there is only a small gift shop and some food vans.

6. Can I sail on the Jokulsarlon?

Both amphibian boat tours and zodiac boat tours run on the glacier lagoon from May to October.

7. What should I wear for a visit to Jokulsarlon?

Since Jökulsárlón is an essentially large pool of water littered with small pieces of glacier ice, the area can become extremely cold. We, therefore, recommend wearing warm clothes, a hat, a scarf and gloves. 

8. Is Jokulsarlon crowded?

It is busy, especially during the summer months. However, plenty of space in which to spread out, and so it’s unlikely to feel especially crowded.

9. Can I reach Jokulsarlon in a normal car or do I need a 4WD?

Jökulsárlón is on Route 1, and can thus be reached in a normal, two-wheel-drive car. However, in winter you may feel more comfortable renting a 4x4 for greater comfort, wind resistance and the ability to travel in snowy and icy conditions.

10. How was Jokulsarlon formed?

Jökulsárlón began forming in 1935 as the glacier Breiðamerkurjökull retreated and meltwater filled the space it left behind. The lagoon is growing in size every year as the glacier continues to retreat. The ice floating in the glacier has fallen from the glacier and represents the glacier’s continually retreating state.

11. Do any animals live in the lagoon?

Many playful seals live in Jökulsárlón and in the waters close by the Diamond Beach. Arctic terns and skuas also nest in the area. These birds are known to be very protective of their eggs, often dive-bombing visitors who come too close. 

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Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon is a stunning attraction that is always a favourite of visitors and locals. The lagoon is made up of a mixture of fresh water and sea water and iconic for the giant icebergs that dominate the landscape. Standing at up to 30-metres tall, the icebergs are cast in contrasting milky whites and fantastic electric icy blues.

Breiðamerkurjökull glacier crawls forward with intimidating force and weight, collecting in its margins glacial deposits of black sand and gravel which make striking patterns on the ice and subsequent icebergs. As the glacier retreats, it continuously creates icebergs of over 1000-years old ice that are often patterned by ash from historical eruptions. No two iceberg are the same, and you could spend hours finding fascinating shapes with no end to photographic opportunities. However silly this sounds, please do not try to stand on the icebergs as it is extremely dangerous.

The lake started taking form around 1935 when the glacier began to recede due to warming temperatures and is now the deepest in Iceland at 248 m (814 ft). Over the last 15-years, the lake is said to have doubled in size, and it is predicted that as the glacier continues to recede, it will leave a dramatic fjord behind. Sadly, warming global temperatures and the shrinking of glaciers are especially visible and Iceland, providing only further impetus to catch these icy wonders while we can.

Jökulsárlón is conveniently located on the Highway 1 road between Skaftafell nature reserve and the picturesque town of Höfn. If you are driving the ring-road around Iceland, this is a stop you do not want to miss and a destination you will want to include if you are planning a visit to the South Coast. Many tour operators offer guided trips to the lagoon if you are not driving yourself, most often combined with other exciting attractions such as the waterfalls of South Iceland. If departing from Reykjavík in the winter, do consider how much you time you have, because although a fantastic destination for the northern lights, you may not want to drive all the way back to the capital in icy conditions in the dark.

You can enjoy this wonder of Iceland from the shore or if you would like to get up close and personal with these ancient icy giants you can take a zodiac boat or amphibious boat tour guided by an expert. Around the corner is the legendary Diamond Beach where the icebergs sometimes wash up, glistening in the light in stark contrast to the black sandy beach they upon which they rest.

The golden hours of sunset and sunrise are exceptional times to witness this ethereal lake, especially if you are passionate about photography. Whatever time you visit, you can spend hours mesmerised by the luminous ice, and you could return several times and always be guaranteed a unique scene.

Jökulsárlón is appropriate for any age and budget and is a guaranteed unforgettable experience leaving you in no doubt of why it is called the Crown Jewel of Iceland.

Jökulsárlón has been used as a Hollywood location for such movies as James Bond films A View to Kill and Die Another Day as well as Lara Croft Tomb Raider and has featured in popular US television show, The Amazing Race. It is easy to understand why as the serene procession of ice is hypnotising and the plentiful wildlife of seals and birds only adds to the wonder.

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