Experience the unrivaled beauty of the Jökulsárlón Lagoon during this incredibly scenic, full-day sightseeing excursion via coach and amphibian boat.
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 1.5-hour drive to the beautiful and serene village of Höfn. En route, pass by the spectacular mountains of Djúpivogur, including Búlandstindur. After a comfort stop in Höfn, take a short drive through this town and its dramatic landscape, then continue on between the mountains, where icy blue glacier tongues penetrate downwards to the low ground.
Towering high above this beautiful setting rises the mighty Vatnajökull Ice Cap, the third-largest in the world and largest outside of the Arctic regions. Head westward through pastoral landscape squeezed between the shifting black sands on the seaward side, and cliffs and glacial outflows inland. Here, agriculture and wildlife exist in harmony; the grasslands are rich in wildflowers, and harbour a variety of nesting birds. Your next stop is at the Jökulsárlón Lagoon where you board a very unique boat.
During the amphibian boat excursion you sail among the huge icebergs in the picturesque scenery of Jökulsárlón. On the boat you get to taste the 1000 year old ice and if you are lucky you might even see some seals.
The excursion takes 30–40 minutes and includes an English speaking guide who explains to you the geology and facts of the lagoon.
This approximately 328-foot-deep (about 100-meter-deep) glacial river lagoon was carved from the glacier Breiðamerkurjökull, and is filled with large icebergs. The glacial lagoon began to form around 1930; before this, the Jökulsá River flowed from under the glacier directly out to sea, swiftly and dangerously, just 200 m long. Today, the Jökulsárlón Lagoon is popular with visitors who cruise on the waters between the majestic icebergs. Upon arrival, embark a boat for an approximately 30-minute cruise along the pristine waters and incredibly beautiful surrounds of this glacial lagoon. Following your cruise, re-board your coach and proceed for a walk at the Diamond Beach, a good place to see Icelandic seals. Here you can enjoy your vegan lunch package from the ship. The name Diamond Beach comes from all the beautiful, melting icebergs that dot the beach. The icebergs come from the nearby Jökulsárlón which in return come from Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. The icebergs float from the lagoon via Jökulsá glacier river to the ocean but then get washed back onshore by the tides. After lunch, re-board your coach and return to the village of Höfn for a comfort stop, then re-board your coach and commence the approximately 1.5-hour drive back to the pier.
Starting time: 7.30 AM
Duration: full day tour
Activity level: 2/5