Fjallsárlón is a glacier lagoon just West of Jökulsárlón. Unlike Jökulsárlón, Fjalsárlón has no direct access to the ocean, so there are no seals or tides, this also means that the water is not as fresh and reflects the soft brown of the lagoon floor as it is scraped by the massive icebergs. The lagoon is fairly small so you are close to the glacier shelf. The jagged glacier edge is a place where you might witness ice calving in the Summer months. Zodiac boat tours run in the Summer months and take visitors really close to the ice shelf.
Above the Fjallsarlon lagoon sits Europe’s second largest volcano Öræfi. The caldera can’t be seen because the top of the mountain is quite flat. This land mass includes Hvannadalshnjúkur, the highest peak in Iceland, which can be seen from the Skaftafell side. The glacier has to come down some steep slopes before it reaches the lagoon. There are a few rivers that take the melt water to the ocean.
Fjalsárlón has a few tracks leading into it from the #1 ring road. The main access track has a tiny red sign post and in the Summer you will see the Zodiac Tours sign post.
This Location can be the windiest place in Iceland (I mean turn your car over), but if it is still, it has some of the best ice reflections.
The location works very well in both Winter and Summer. It has been used as a “Game of Thrones” film set – North of the Wall.
The Location works well for Northern Lights, if you can find it in the dark.
Glacier Ice Prints
We usually cover this location on the following photo tours
Iceland has a rich variety of landscapes and seascapes and this tour is designed to enhance that variety & capture Iceland’s full diversity in a week long tour around the country.
Prices from $8,847 USD
5 full photography days
Spend a day or 2 in the Vatnjökull area of Iceland. This Iceland photo tour puts you right in the heart of Iceland’s stunning Glacier landscapes with one of our photo guides. These totally flexible photo tours can be booked on the fly and we can sometimes run with flexible dates to avoid a bad weather trip.
This Winter photo was taken on the ice beach at Jokulsarlon on a photo tour at Sunrise. The blue of the glacier ice works well against the black sand and glowing sky. Winter Sunrise occurs out to sea in South Iceland, so we are often greeted with a colourful back drop to the Glacier ice.