The mesmerizing Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland and for good reason. In short, it is a glacial lake that was formed around 1935 when

Breiðamerkurjökull glacier (an outlet glacier of the giant Vatnajökull) started receding from

the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.

Each year more than 100 meters of ice break away, reshaping the lagoon and filling it with spectacular icebergs. Since the lagoon connects to the Atlantic Ocean it contains a mixture of fresh- and saltwater giving it a unique and very beautiful blue-green color. 

The lagoon is home to a variety of fish species as well as hundreds of seals which can be seen lounging on icebergs or peeking at tourists from the water. 

Movie fans may remember the Glacier Lagoon from movies such as Batman Begins, James

Bond’s Die Another Day and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

The drive from Reykjavík to Jökulsárlón is around 5.5 hours, and since daylight is limited in

Iceland during winter, Hótel Klaustur is an ideal location for tourists wanting to visit the

lagoon: drive directly from Reykjavík to Kirkjubaejarklaustur, spend the night at our hotel

and then get an early start the next day to visit Jökulsárlón. That way you can truly make the

most of your day at the lagoon!