Explore Jokulsarlon, Iceland

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Camping, Photography

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Lake
Scenic

Get your shot of amazing blue icebergs, a likely uncrowded beach and lagoon, and stunning ocean views.

From Reykjavik, just head south on Hwy 1 for about 3 hours until you reach Jokulsarlon. It's just off both sides of the road and a bridge drives over it - you wont miss it. If facing east, the lake is on the left side of the road and the beach is on the right. Both are awesome spots to shoot some photos. This is by far one of the most amazing places I have ever seen and is a must see if you are in Iceland. You could definitely camp on the beach in the soft black sand to get some photos of the northern lights if the wind isn't too harsh. It's also an amazing spot to catch the sunrise or sunset. You can combine the drive out here with a lot of other things too and make a good day trip. Check out my other adventure, "Waterfalls of Iceland," for some more ideas.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Warm gloves and jacket
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Last March, at sunset, we photographed the icebergs that had washed up on the beach and it was an amazing experience!

6 months ago
6 months ago

This was definitely my favorite place in Iceland to photograph during my road trip. The location is unreal and feels like you are on another planet, even though it is just a couple feet off of the Ring Road. I had a blast shooting on the ice beach and I was lucky enough to spot some seals in the lagoon. This spot definitely attracts a lot of people which is the only downside to it, but I would suggest trying to photograph it in the early morning to avoid most crowds and tour buses. I can imagine that he sunrises on the beach are amazing.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Just the coolest damn icebergs. And seals!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

We caught the sunset on the beach last March and it was a blast. It was more crowded than some other locations around the coast but most of the people were photographers and did a good job of staying out of each others way. I would definitely recommend wearing Neos or waders when you're shooting by the ocean because those waves can sneak up on you!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

This is by far one of the coolest places on the planet. You won't find solitude, but the scenery is mind-blowing. I usually end up stopping here a couple times per trip because the ice is constantly changing, creating new photo ops.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

Thanks for this! Drove all the way to skaftafell and had no idea about this beach until I saw your post! Well worth the drive!

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

Eric Bennett Explorer

Instagram: @bennettfilm Videographer, Photographer from San Diego, CA currently living in Provo, UT

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