Iceland South Coast and Jokulsarlon Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik
Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 14 hours
Head out to the magnificent glacial lagoon Jokulsarlon, and follow in the footsteps of James Bond in “Die Another Day” and Lara Croft in “Tomb Raider”. This exhilarating full-day excursion from Reykjavik takes you along Iceland’s southern coastline, known for its exquisite mountain scenery.
Many of Iceland’s biggest glacier rivers run into the Atlantic Ocean on the country’s southern shore. Along the way to this amazing coastline you’ll pass charming villages such as Selfoss, Vik and Kirkjubaejarklaustur, and the Skaftafell National Park; there is also a stop to visit the Skogarfoss waterfall. You’ll also drive through the vast desert of Skeidarasandur, where sand storms can be so powerful they’ve been known to strip the paint off a car!
Just before you reach the lagoon, you’ll pass Iceland’s biggest volcano, Oraefajokull glacier, which also has the highest peak of the island, Hvannadalshnjukur, at 6950 feet (2119 meters).
At the lagoon you will have time to view this stunning area before taking a boat ride. But these are no ordinary boats! They are capable of driving short distances as well as sailing on water – something quite unique!
Jokulsarlon lagoon started to form in the early 1920s, and is growing bigger every year. You will see blocks of ice that have broken off Europe’s biggest glacier, Vatnajokull, and are sailing slowly towards the ocean, which is only a mile away. Some of the icebergs are partially covered with volcanic ash from ancient eruptions, and look like sculptures, made by Mother Nature herself!