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When is the best time to visit Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon in Iceland?

Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon is one of Iceland's prime attractions throughout the year, offering a unique experience no matter the season. During the summers, you can go on boat tours on the glacier lagoon while the floating ice glistens in the sun. During the winters, the lagoon gets a sheet of rugged ice on top of it, which means boat tours are unavailable, but it offers a dramatic sight to behold (or photograph!). Make sure to dress appropriately; it gets especially cold there in the winter, but summers are chilly too.

What activities can I partake in around Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon in Iceland?

During the winter, Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon is the meeting point for ice cave tours. In summer, you can join a boat tour at Jokulsarlon, like this 1-hour zodiac glacier lagoon boat tour which has a rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars.

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.

What is the Diamond Beach in Iceland?

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

What accommodation is available near Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon in Iceland?

There are many accommodations near Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. This includes hotels, guesthouses, and cottages. You can also find a variety of comfortable places to stay in the town of Hofn nearby.

Can I take a boat tour on the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon?

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

What should I wear for a visit to Jokulsarlon?

Since the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon is essentially a large lake scattered with pieces of glacial ice, the area can become very cold, even in the summer. We recommend wearing warm clothes, headwear, a scarf, and gloves.

Is Jokulsarlon crowded?

Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon is one of Iceland's most pristine and beautiful natural attractions, so you can expect to see some other travelers there during your visit. The summers are quite busy, but the area around the lake is quite large and there's plenty of space to spread out, so it's unlikely to feel crowded.

Is the glacier lagoon in Iceland worth it?

Yes, it is such a unique natural wonder to explore and one that you won't soon forget. It's best to go there if you're already traveling on the South Coast, as it's a 5-hour drive from Reykjavik.

How long do you need at Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon in Iceland?

We recommend staying about 2–3 hours, including a walk to the beautiful Diamond Beach nearby. If you're going on an amphibian boat tour, that will add another hour to your visit.

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

Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon is on the famed Route 1 (Iceland's Ring Road) and can thus be reached in a normal, two-wheel drive car. However, in winter, you may feel more comfortable renting a 4x4 in Iceland for greater comfort, wind resistance, and the ability to travel in snowy and icy conditions.

How was Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon formed?

Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon in Iceland began forming in 1935, at the end of the Little Ice Age. With the changing climate, the glacier Breidamerkurjokull retreated, and meltwater filled the space it left behind. The lagoon has grown in size every year as the glacier continues to retreat.

Do any animals live in Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon?

Many playful seals live in the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and in the waters close to 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. As the area is part of the protected Vatnajokull National Park, visitors are expected to not disturb the wildlife in the area.

Can I swim in the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon?

No, do not swim in the lagoon. Floating icebergs are dangerous and unpredictable. Moreover, the temperature of the water is around 33°F (1°C) and there are no facilities nearby to warm up or change clothes.

Is there a café or any food options close to Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon?

Yes, close to the lagoon, you can find the Glacier Lagoon Café which serves refreshments such as sandwiches and seafood soup. You can also sit down for a coffee, hot chocolate, or soft drinks while enjoying the picturesque view of the floating icebergs or the nearby Vatnajokull glacier.

Is it possible to visit Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon as a day trip from Reykjavik?

Yes, it is possible to visit Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon as a day trip from Reykjavik. However, it is a long drive and it may be more comfortable and convenient to stay overnight in the nearby town of Hofn.
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