One of the most spectacular place to visit in Iceland is Jökulsárlón, a glacier lagoon located in Southeast of Iceland. Jökulsárlón is part of Iceland's largest National Park Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður and is easily accessible from the highway.
The lagoon is naturally formed from the melting of Breiðamerkurjökull an outlet glacier which is also a part of Europe's biggest ice cap Vatnajökull. The glacier used to reach all the way to the shoreline of the Atlantic ocean but due to warmer climate, the glacier has been receding rapidly over the last centuries and forming the lagoon. The lagoon is growing every day and is now considered to be the deepest lake in Iceland with depth of about 248 meters (814 ft).
What makes the lagoon even more fascinating and one of Iceland’s most popular tourist attractions are the blue icebergs that break from the glacier into the lagoon. These icebergs then float all around the water making Jökulsárlón the place to visit in order to get the perfect scenery for photography.
Due to how close the lake is to the ocean it is filled with fish and sometimes you can see seals swimming in the lake or relaxing on top of the icebergs. It is also a good place to spot seabirds like the Arctic terns, skuas and gannets.
The drive from Reykjavik to Jökulsárlón takes about 5-6 hours and the lagoon is easily accessible from Ring Road nr 1 all year round. Of course the weather in Iceland is unpredictable so always check the weather before heading out on the road.
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Boat tours on the lagoon, Zodiac tours on the lagoon and Ice caving in the winter.
Even though it would make a great Instagram photo it is not wise to be climbing on the icebergs or swimming in the lake. The lagoon can be dangerous, sometimes the ice breaks away from the icebergs or they tip over and it can happen very fast. We don't really have to explain the situation if someone is swimming in the lake when that happens.