There is no end to the wonder of the Icelandic landscape, as you pass one natural phenomenon after another. Some are more tourist populated than others, like the Blue Lagoon, which everyone “has” to see. But even more breath-taking is the Jökulsár Lagoon. The lagoon is in the South Eastern part of the island, and is formed by the disintegration of the adjacent glacier Breiðamerkurjökull, which is an outlet glacier of the larger Vatnajökull glacier. As the glacier erodes the sediment is carried towards the sea by the river Jökulsá, so the lagoon continues to be supplied by floating icebergs. The water is ice blue, more than 15 meters square, and at its deepest 190 meters. If man does not intervene the lagoon will eventually join the sea but the only road in the area passes over the narrow isthmus (piece of land between lagoon and sea), so human intervention is inevitable.
The lagoon is easy to find, as it is alongside the National Highway 1, between Höfn and Skaftafell National Park, and you can simply stop your car along the road side and feast your eyes. There is also an office next to the lagoon which organizes boat rides among the icebergs, from 15 June-15 September. Keep an eye out for the large seagulls which make their nests on the ground around the lagoon in the summer.
On the edge of National Highway 1
Between Hofn and Skaftafell
and next to the Breioamerkurjokull glacier
South East Iceland
If driving: Drive South East on Highway 1, from Reykjavik
If you don’t have a car: Take the bus to Jokulsarlon, and ask the bus driver where to get off.
There are icebergs all year round, but winter is obviously less comfortable a time to travel. Aim for day light hours from May-October.