Jökulsárlón (pronounced yo-kull-sar-lon) is a glacial lagoon on the south east coast of Iceland. It is about a four and a half hour drive from Reykjavík and probably one of the most stunning places I have ever been! The lagoon is situated right off of Route 1, so you can’t miss it!
We parked on the West side of the bridge that crosses the point where Jökulsárlón meets the Atlantic Ocean. The lagoon is surrounded by rocky hills, so you won’t see it until you walk over the top. The moment I saw the lagoon, I was in awe.
The lagoon is full of glaciers, some large, some small, floating back and forth with the tide. Even over the sound of the wind, you can still hear the crackling of the icebergs hitting together. It is truly magical. There were a few large chunks of ice washed up along the rocky shoreline. We even saw a swimming seal quickly sink its head below the water.
If you turn right into the unpaved parking lot before you cross the bridge, you can go down on the beach. There, you will see the black sand beach littered with icebergs. The first time we went, there were huge chunks of ice washed up on the beach as well as in the water. The waves crashed over the ice and rocked them back and forth. The second time we went, there were only a few small icebergs on the shore.
Boat tours are offered if you are interested in getting up close to the enormous icebergs.
It’s a long day of driving if you’re coming from Reykjavík, but it was the highlight of our trip, and it’s worth it! Plus, there are so many things to see along the way!