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Heinabergslón is a glacial lagoon found within Vatnajökull National Park, located on the South Coast of Iceland.Credit: PhotoVicky. 

Heinabergslón is a glacial lagoon found within Vatnajökull National Park, located on the South Coast of Iceland. The glacial lagoon’s outlet glacier is Heinabergsjökull, itself a part of Vatnajökull.

Heinabergslón is a less popular, and less known, glacial lagoon than its more famous counterpart, Jökulsárlón, but equally as beautiful. Jökulsárlón is, without doubt, both the favourite for locals and visitors alike, though this often leads to guests overlooking the many other glacial lagoons found within Vatnajökull National Park.

One of the major reasons as to why Heinabergslón is less visited is because it is found off the beaten path, requiring a short hike to reach it. This is in stark contrast to Jokusarlon, which can be found directly by the Ring Road (Rd. 1). Heinabergslón is located approximately 30-minutes drive east of Jökulsárlón.  

Because of Heinabergslón’s isolation, the glacial lagoon makes for a scenic and quieter alternative to Jokusarlon, one of the major reasons as to why kayaking and sailing tours are popular here. In short, there’s rarely any traffic on the water but one solitary group, if any. Just like Jokusarlon, the lagoon can be characterised by its still and tranquil ambience, its vibrant wildlife and, naturally, its stunning surrounding scenery.

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