I recently got back from a trip to Iceland, where I spent my first full day taking a tour of the beautiful natural wonders of the South of Iceland, including a boat trip on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. It was a long day from 7am to 10pm, but it was so worth it in order to see what the South of Iceland has on offer (which is many waterfalls, volcanoes, mountains, glaciers and stunning coastline if you were wondering). I took the tour with Reykjavik Excursions, which was well organised and led by a tour guide who really knew his stuff about Iceland – it was a great way to see so much in just one day!
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is the result of the melting of a nearby glacier that was formed over 1000 years ago. Large pieces of glacier can break off at one time and then they can be found floating in the lagoon, which is a vivid blue colour. On the trip we took a tour of the lagoon by amphibian boat, and even got to hold (and eat) a piece of the ice. You can also spot seals swimming around in the lagoon, but unfortunately they moved too quickly for me to get a picture of them.
As well as the glacier lagoon, we also stopped off at Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss – these are both waterfalls (you quickly learn in Iceland that ‘foss’ means waterfall). There was also stops in the tiny village of Vik and Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park, which is home to another glacier.
This tour really gave me an appreciation of the diversity of the landscape in Iceland, which is constantly changing. Here is a photo diary from that day.
If you are visiting Iceland and are interested in doing this trip, you can find all the information here on the Reykjavik Excursions website.