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Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon is a beautiful natural attraction in southeastern Iceland where travellers get to see some of the ice in Iceland. It is located on the southern edge of the Vatnajökull National Park, close to the renowned Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Fjallsárlón is one of the many glacier lagoons in Iceland that have formed due to receding glaciers.
Exploring Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon. People in Boat Amidst Vast Glacier Backdrop
Best time to visit
All year-round
Coordinates
64.01949, -16.38514
Distance from Reykjavík
368km (228mi)

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Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Fed by Fjallsjökull Glacier, the lagoon is an outlet glacier of the immense Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest ice cap in Europe. As the glacier slowly recedes, meltwater flows down towards the lagoon, creating a picturesque body of water surrounded by towering ice formations and stunning scenery. Watching the enormous chunks of ice bobbing in the lagoon is breathtaking, seeing their various hues, textures and shapes.

What sets Fjallsárlón apart from its neighbouring Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is its smaller size and lesser-known status, making it a quieter and more intimate experience for visitors. Some might say it’s a hidden gem in the southeast of Iceland. The lagoon spans approximately 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) in length and provides an opportunity to witness the natural beauty of Iceland’s glaciers up close and personal.

The lagoon also offers fantastic opportunities for photography, as the ever-changing ice formations and reflections in the water provide a captivating subject. However, you don’t need to be a professional photographer to capture the beauty of the lagoon. A trip to Fjallsárlón gives visitors a chance to bask in the serene beauty of the lagoon, the surrounding mountains, and the glacier, creating memorable images.

Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon tours

Visitors to Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon can take boat tours to explore the lagoon and get closer to the floating icebergs. These tours offer a unique perspective on the glacier and its icy surroundings. The striking blue colour of the icebergs contrasting against the dark waters of the lagoon creates a mesmerising sight.

Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon tours in Iceland offer a unique and immersive experience in the country’s stunning natural landscapes. The lagoon is surrounded by vast glaciers and towering mountains, creating a dramatic and picturesque, classically Icelandic setting. The crystal-clear glacial water reflects the surrounding scenery, making it a photographer’s paradise.

These boat tours usually involve a small boat or zodiac and venturing out onto the lagoon with a trained guide. The boat will take you close to the glacier, allowing you to marvel at its stunning ice formations, deep crevasses, and vivid blue colours. The experience of sailing amidst the floating icebergs is awe-inspiring. If you’re lucky, you might see a seal bobbing in the lagoon or some seabirds landing on the shore.

Are Fjallsárlón Glacier tours worth it?

The trained tour guides are knowledgeable about the region’s geology, glaciology, and history. They provide valuable insights into the formation and characteristics of the glacier, as well as the surrounding environment. Tours give you a chance to learn about the effects of global warming on glaciers and the importance of preserving these natural wonders. Climate change is wreaking havoc on glaciers across the world.

How long do Glacier Lagoon tours last?

Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon tours typically last for a few hours, including transportation to and from the lagoon. They are usually offered as part of a guided tour package, including visits to nearby attractions such as Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon or Skaftafell Nature Reserve. It is also possible to meet on-site and take a boat tour of the glacier lagoon.

Does the glacier calve into the lagoon?

Fjallsárlón is known for its large icebergs breaking off the nearby glacier and floating in the lagoon. During the boat tour, you’ll have the opportunity to get up close to these icebergs and witness their intricate shapes and textures. It’s a truly incredible sight, and you might even see icebergs flip over, exposing new ice to the air.

How to dress when visiting Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon

It’s crucial to dress appropriately with layers of warm clothing as the weather near the glacier can be cold and windy, even during the summer months. Additionally, always follow the instructions of your tour guide and signs in the area to ensure your safety and to help preserve the fragile environment.

Safety information

Never attempt to walk on a glacier without a trained glacier guide, as there can be sinkholes and crevasses. Falling into a sinkhole can result in serious injury. There are glacier walking tours you can sign up for to experience the beauty and vastness of a glacier. At Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon, do not enter the water at any time.

Where Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon is located

Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon is located along the Ring Road, making it easily accessible for travellers exploring the southeastern region of Iceland. It is a must-visit destination for nature lovers, photographers, and anyone seeking a peaceful and awe-inspiring experience amidst Iceland’s glacial landscapes.

Please note that if you are self-driving to the area, it’s always a good idea to check for the latest updates on road and weather conditions before planning a trip to Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon. The most convenient and safest option is signing up for a tour that visits the lagoon.

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