After completing our Glacier Hike in Skaftafell at 3pm, having lunch and a brief rest at the Visitor’s Center café, we went straight to the Skaftafell camp site (just behind the Visitor’s Center) to set up our tent.
After we were fed, watered and relieved to have a roof over our heads for another night of camping, we jumped back in the car at about 4:30pm to drive the easy 45 minutes down the Ring Road to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, somewhere I was extremely excited to see for myself!
The Glacier Lagoon, along with the Golden Circle, is considered one of the top ‘must-see’ places in Iceland. Many travellers who don’t have a car opt to take a day-trip from Reykjavik straight to the Glacier Lagoon, and there are many tour companies that offer this. At a whopping 4h30 minute drive straight from Reykjavik, it sounds crazy, but many choose to visit Jökulsárlón for the day, with 9 hours on a coach. My personal hell as I get travel sick! Luckily for me, I had a car, and had several days to drive the same distance with plenty of stops along the way.
On arrival at the Glacier Lagoon however, you instantly understand why people choose to sit on a coach for hours and hours just to come here; if I were in their position, I would do the same thing, travel sickness and all. It is simply incredible! No matter how many pictures you find online of this place, you will still be astounded that somewhere like this can exist.
With floating icebergs (broken off from the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier nearby) and the occasional seal bobbing around, it is one of the most mesmerising, other-wordly places I have been to – and one of the coldest!
There is the option to pay for a boat ride, to get up close to the icebergs in the lagoon, but we were told that the last boat had already left for that day. We were disappointed but felt we didn’t miss out on much, as we were still able to see the icebergs from the shore, and even saved 4,000ISK!
Some of the icebergs get washed up here on their journey from the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier and it’s a place where you can get up close and personal with the ice – for free!
The Glacier Lagoon is where most people go, but the beach, although still popular with photographers and other tourists, is like a hidden gem. Personally, we agreed that the beach is even better than the Glacier Lagoon! The beach isn’t sign posted, so it would be easy to miss if you hadn’t read up about it before your visit. It is easy to find, when you know what you are looking for…
Iceland has so much natural beauty and each place we went to seemed to be just as good, if not better, than the last. My visit to the Glacier Lagoon and black sand beach at Jökulsárlón is a moment I will treasure – it’s an extremely special place behold.