Ethereal Beauty: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland (PHOTOS)

Jessica Peterson

Jokusarlon Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

When you think of Iceland, is this what you picture? If so, you wouldn’t be wrong as Iceland is home to glaciers galore, including Iceland’s largest ice cap, Vatnajökull. One of the 30 places it empties is Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.

As with most natural sites in Iceland, pictures just don’t do justice to the majestic lagoon. Where the once 2,400-foot glacier empties into the Atlantic Ocean, icebergs of all shapes jostle and collide. Some are striped with ash, others sparkle transparently like ice sculptures, and some look like they belong on Easter Island. Seals glide through the icy waters equally curious about the tourists lining the rocky black beach. Get an aerial view of the lagoon from a rocky mound in the car park. The lagoon shimmers pinky-blue and is especially dazzling at sunset. Don’t leave without visiting the iceberg-dotted beach where the fantastical sculptures drift off to sea.

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Would you visit Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon?

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Jessica Peterson is a travel filmmaker, photographer, and journalist. She released her first documentary film about indigenous culture on Guam in 2016, after having lived nearly 7 years on the Pacific island. Jessica is currently on the Great American Roadtrip in her Airstream trailer.
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  • These photos are truly amazing! It must have been great experience to explore Iceland’s off the beaten track places.
    I’m wondering if there are any hiking trails around this glacier lagoon?

    • Hi Joanna. I didn’t see any trails, but I bet in summer it’d be cool to hike. Way too cold and windy in winter though!

  • Courtney Jones

    Iceland looks like such an amazing place to explore! Your photos are gorgeous!

  • Shem Hooda

    Iceland has been on my bucket list for the longest time! Your photos look so majestic, yet I totally know what you mean by them not being able to do a place justice! Just standing in a place like that admiring the glaciers seem like a surreal experience!

  • Beautiful photos! Iceland is so full of natural beauty, I can’t wait to see it with my own eyes!

  • This place looks gorgeous! It’s amazing that scenes like this actually exist on this planet, as it wouldn’t look out of place in a storybook! The pictures are amazing.

  • Raymond Carroll

    Excellent pictures. I’ve always wanted to go to Iceland. My cousin was there in 2014 on an adventure holiday and he couldn’t stop talking about it. Definitely on my bucket list!

  • This does NOTHING to stop my Iceland wanderlust! I am determined to make it to Iceland this year, hopefully after TBEX in Ireland in October. Would love to visit this glacier lagoon, quite exquisite! The landscape is just breathtaking.

  • Kassie- The Fly Away Life

    Wow this is so beautiful! Iceland is top of my list for 2017. Hoping to make it there next fall/winter for the Northern Lights. I will be sure to add this to my itinerary!


    It really does look surreal! Iceland never ceases to amaze me with its natural beauty. I love all the blue tones reflecting from the icebergs – very nice!

  • Diana C

    Jokulsarlon is my favorite! I was so amazed when I went there – i’d never seen anything like it. It was freezing when we went, and I can’t even imagine going into the water. Love your photos!