Jökulsarlon Glacier lagoon

Jökulsarlon is one the most Amazing places in Iceland and maybe even in the world. This is the location where the ocean meets the icebergs from the glacier. Huge icebergs calve from the Vatnjökull ice shelf and float on a huge lagoon. When they have melted a little, they are carried out to the North Atlantic by tides. The sea washes them and sculpts them before washing them onto a black sand beach called “Glacier Ice Beach.

Jökulsarlon black sand ice beach

Jökulsarlon tours

Tours to Jökulsarlon should be over several days if you really want to see it in its best light. Below are a collection of 1 day tours run by our sightseeing travel partners. These sightseeing tours involve a lot of driving, but they take you through the best of Iceland.

The road there and back is along Iceland’s South coast. Depending on time and road conditions, you could make stops at a couple of waterfalls and beaches. Comfort breaks are also necessary & fairly well placed.


Seljalandsfoss waterfall

The Glacier lagoon is just as beautiful as the ice beach. The floating icebergs at Jökulsarlon often have a wide variety of textures and colours. In still weather, reflections are common. Seal colonies frequent the lagoon and can be seen sunbathing on the lake ice.

Glacier lagoon Summer sunset

Get close up to Glacier ice to witness 1000 years of detail.  You get close enough to touch the ice at some locations.



Realistically, the day trips to Jokulsarlon don’t allow much time at the sights along the way. The big waterfalls at Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss will probably be a 10 minute stop. During mid-Winter, these stops could be in the dark. You could have up to 2 hours at Jokusarlon for visiting the lagoon and ice beach. Journey times can easily be affected by weather and road conditions.

Jökulsarlon bus tours

These tours are bus tours with pick-up from Reykjavik. They will take you to Jökulsarlon and the diamond beach in a single day with a few quick stops enroute. These are run by different companies but are basically the same tour. The first ‘Bus Travel Iceland’ tours includes the Amphibious boat trip, but this bus tour doesn’t run through the Winter. The second ‘Bus Travel Iceland’ tour runs throughout the Winter and has the best availability for Winter tours. The Go Travel Iceland and Reykjavik excursions tours run 2 tours per week in the mid-Winter. This gives you a better chance of finding dates to suit you.

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Jökulsarlon Glacier lagoon

Bus Travel Iceland

Our sightseeing trip includes Glaciers, waterfalls and icebergs on the diamond beach at the top nature location in Iceland. This day tour explores the South Coast to Vik and then heads East to the largest glacier in Iceland. We spend quality time at Jökulsarlon & the Diamond Beach. Then take a guided boat tour around the floating icebergs.

Food is available at the Jökulsarlon center (not included). On the return trip we make visit the waterfalls, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss.



Jokulsarlon diamond beach

Diamond Beach

Go Travel Iceland

This guided sightseeing bus tour visits the beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall. The villages of Kirkjubæjarklaustur & Vik. We explore the glacier tongue at Svínafellsjökull straight out of the Game of Thrones. Eventually we arrive at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the “Diamond” beach. After a couple of hours at the glacier lagoon, we head back to Reykjavik.  The canyon at Fjadrargljufur depends on conditions but could be possible.

  • Tour duration: 14 hours

Because of reduced daylight from November to February, a lot of the driving to and from the Glacier lagoon will be in darkness, but the highlight of this tour – Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon will be visited during daylight. Sightseeing tour includes Pick-up & drop-off in Reykjavik You need to bring Warm outdoor clothes, waterproofs and sturdy shoes. You can bring your own refreshments or buy them during the trip. Please note This tour requires a minimum number 4 persons. Gateway to Iceland reserves the right to change or cancel any tour due to weather or the safety of our passengers.

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Jökulsarlon Glacier lagoon

Bus Travel Iceland

This tour includes waterfalls, icebergs and the famous diamond beach at Iceland’s most number one nature location. This sightseeing trip takes us along the South Coast and East to Iceland’s largest glacier. We spend some time at the Glacier lagoon & visit the Diamond Beach.

Food is available at the Jökulsarlon center (not included). On the return drive we make stops at the amazing Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls.

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Jökulsarlon Glacier lagoon

Reykjavik Excursions

You can’t miss this natural wonder of Iceland with huge, ancient icebergs floating in the lagoon.Jökulsarlon gives you a feeling of amazing peace as the thousand year old glacier melts into the lagoon and slowly makes its voyage to the ocean.

The lagoon is the deepest lake in Iceland and it is less than 100 years old. We stay for one and a half hours at the lagoon, you could add a 30-minute boat tour.

Tour duration: 07:30 – 22:00



Jökulsarlon SUV day tour

SuperJeep These tours are with an SUV vehicle with pick-up from Reykjavik. They will take you to Jökulsarlon and the diamond beach.

Note that the itinerary is subject to weather and road conditions. Warm clothes and sturdy shoes are recommended as the terrain can be rough underfoot.

Jökulsárlón day tour highlights:

  • Skaftafell national park
  • Volcanic sandy beach
  • Glacial rivers
  • Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
  • Boat ride on the lagoon is optional for additional price
  • Vatnajökull and Öræfajökull glaciers
  • Small villages
  • Comfortable way to travel
  • This tour lasts 11 to 13 hours. Free pick-up from your hotel in the capital area begins at 8:00. The tour runs upon request every day of the year. Min. 4 passengers, 2 on Saturdays from 1 April to 30 October Extras: Boats on the glacier lagoon are available between 15. May to 30. September.

    We offer private tours for fewer passengers

    Included? A tour in a Luxury SUV, including a driver guide. Personal service and a lot of fun. You need to bring? In Iceland you can experience all weather conditions in one day. It is important to wear comfortable and waterproof clothing such as, walking shoes, dress in layers. Cancellation policy 100% cancellation fee if cancelled 2 days or less before event


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