Jökulsárlón is not just my favourite spot in Iceland. It is my favourite spot in the world.
When people ask why I decided to move to Iceland I tell them to google Jökulsárlón, because this is the place when I fell completely head over heels for the icy country. I have yet to see more stunning scenery anywhere else in the world.
The lagoon itself is the result of global warming. The huge blocks of ice are constantly breaking off the glacier, Breiðamerkurjökull,which then float on the lagoon. The lake itself is the largest in Iceland, from the tips of the icebergs you would probably not guess that the lake is 200m deep.
Apart from attracting reckless tourists who climb the icebergs and swim in the lake for that perfect Instagram update, Jökulsárlón is a photographers dream. Even the best shots of the lagoon do not do it justice (even the ones of wet, hypothermic Australians),
Jökulsárlón is a breathtaking and magical spot. It also happens to be the first place that I ever witnessed the magnificent northern lights. And although nothing compares to the northern lights, I must admit, the sunrise over the lagoon the next day gave the magnetic light show a run for its money.
I have only ever visited in the early hours of the morning and late hours of the evening (which you may not be able to tell from my 10pm arctic summer photos), but if you decide to visit during the day I would highly recommend taking a boat trip across the lake. Companies offer Amphibian and Zodiac Boat Tours throughout the day where you can experience the wonder of getting up close and personal with the magnificent chunks of ice.
The lagoon is situated on the South East part of the island and is the highlight of a South Coast road trip. If you are not up for the arctic drive, many tour companies offer wonderful 1 or 2 day trips across the coast. My mother and I did an overnight trip with Extreme Iceland on our first visit to the country during November a couple of years ago. It was a wonderful way to experience the highlights of Iceland’s South Coast with the guidance of an extremely knowledgeable guide, (as well as have a shot at some very exciting glacier hiking).
Whenever anyone asks me what they should do during a visit to Iceland I always convince them to visit Jökulsárlón. There is a reason this country suits its name, and this place sums it up perfectly
Jökulsárlón is accessible by car and is located on the Ring Road (Route 1) between Höfn and Skaftafell National Park in Southeastern Iceland. The lagoon is about 50km from Skaftafell (but can take an hour) or 60km from Höfn.