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Iceland is one of the most stunning natural wonders of the world. It is a land of unearthly landscapes, dramatic volcanoes, and mighty glaciers. One of the best places in Iceland to see glaciers is Jökulsárlón Lagoon in Iceland's Vatnajökull National Park. Here one can have boat tours of the terminuses of the mighty glaciers.

Without a doubt, Jökulsárlón Lagoon and the larger Vatnajökull National Park are places in Iceland everyone needs to see. The lagoon offers a ghostly procession of luminous blue icebergs and a sight no one will forget. The main attraction in the Jökulsárlón Lagoon is the tongue of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. Another attraction near the Jökulsárlón Lagoon is Iceland's almost gothic black sand beaches.


Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon - A Natural Wonder Of The World

The views that Jökulsárlón offers are breathtaking. See outstanding views of the ice cap as the vast dome of ice rises to heights of 3,000 feet or 910 meters. If one is lucky, one will see huge blocks of ice calving off the edge of Vatnajökull. Icebergs here can be milky white or bright blue, and it is the only place in Iceland where a glacier meets the sea.

  • Age: Jökulsárlón Lagoon Only Developed 60 Years Ago (First Mentioned 1948)
  • Growing: Jökulsárlón Lagoon Is Growing As Glaciers Melt

The lake is getting larger as the glaciers retreat; it is now 1.5 km or 0.93 miles away from the ocean's edge. It has grown around fourfold since the 1970s, and it has doubled in size in the last 15 years.

Jökulsárlón has made it into Hollywood films multiple times - it appeared in A View to a Kill, Die Another Day, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and Batman Beings.

Jökulsárlón is easily one of Iceland's great natural crown jewels, with people drawn there from far and wide year-round. It is one of the most accessible places where tourists can watch free-flowing icebergs and explore the lagoon on boat tours. The lagoon is also inhabited by seals.

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Jökulsárlón Lagoon Amphibious Boat Tours

There are companies offering boat tours of Jökulsárlón. Glacier Lagoon offers boat tours on their amphibian boats that take gawking tourists about the huge icebergs. The ice one sees is around 1000 years old, and if one is lucky, one may even see seals swimming in the water or lounging on the ice.

The tours last for 30-40 minutes and include an English-speaking guide. The guide explains the geology and the facts of the lagoon.

  • Duration: 30-40 Minutes
  • Boats: Amphibious Boats
  • Cost: From 6,000 Icelandic Krona ($44)

It is also possible to take children on amphibian boats as they have life vests for all sizes. So if one is looking for a family tour with younger children, then one should choose their amphibious tours over their Zodiac tours.

Glacier Lagoon also offers Zodiac boat tours and ice cave tours into the Vatnajökull Glacier - the largest glacier in Europe.

Jökulsárlón Lagoon Zodiac Boat Tours

For those wanting to get even closer to the icebergs and cover large areas of the lagoon, consider a Zodiac boat tour. When possible, the Zodiac goes almost the whole way up to the glacier (as close as is still safe).

  • Duration: Around 1 Hour Long
  • Close: The Zodiac Is Able To Get Much Closer To The Icebergs
  • Cost: From 11,000 Icelandic Krona ($80)

Passengers need to be at least ten years old or be at least 130 cm (4'2") to go on the Zodiac tour. Guest are also provided with a life jacket and flotation suits.

Related: You Need A Tour To See Iceland's Stunning Ice Caves, And Here's What You Should Know Before Going

Jökulsárlón Lagoon Tourist Season

The boat tours operate from early May to September (weather dependent). In the last few years, the season has been as much from the end of April to the end of November. One should call them on +354 478 2222 to learn what the current season's conditions are.

  • High Season: June, July, August
  • Operating Season: Weather Dependent - Min May to Sept, Max April to November

During the high season (June, July, and August), they often offer a boat tour at least every half hour. Reservations are not required but are encouraged. The last trip departs around 6.00 pm.