Jokulsarlon Iceberg Lagoon and Diamond Beach

Jokulsarlon iceberg lagoon is the reason I wanted to visit Iceland and convinced Varee and Rangga that we had to rent a car so we can visit the lagoon. Jokulsarlon is almost 6 hours drive from Reykjavik. So a day trip to Jokulsarlon from Reykjavik will take 14 hours with most of the hours spend on the road.

Jokulsarlon is only 15 minutes drive from our accommodation in Hali. We have booked ice caving tour with Glacier Journey and the meeting point would be at Jokulsarlon parking area. Our tour was rescheduled to one hour later so we had time to do sightseeing at the lagoon. We had a rough drive last night as we drove to Hali. But in the morning the weather has calmed down and the road to the lagoon was so much clearer. We couldn’t see anything last night as everything was white and we had to focus on what was in front of us.


Isn’t the lagoon pretty?

With the maximum depth of 248 meters, Jokulsarlon is Iceland’s deepest lake and the surface area measured at 18km2. The iceberg in Jokulsarlon is composed of ice that is over 1000 years old. It is first started forming in 1934 when Breidamerjokull glacier started retreating, leaving the lagoon in its path. The lagoon has increased fourfold in size since the early 1970s. The lagoon connects with the ocean and is therefore composed of sea and freshwater mixture which causes its unique colour.

There are a few of hollywood movies filmed at this location, such as James Bond “Die another day”, a view to kill and Tomb raider.


Right across Jokulsarlon Lagoon is the equally famous Diamond beach. Diamond beach is a strip of black sand belonging to the greater Breidamerkursandur glacial plain. Diamond beach looks exactly like what it sounds like, but you won’t find any sunbathers at this stretch of black sand. Bits and pieces of the passing glaciers and icebergs break off, some eventually landing on the Diamond Beach. The sand is covered in glittering shards of ice in various stages of melt, making it stunning.

I was glad that we were able to extend our holiday in Iceland as we couldn’t enter Norway. We got to enjoy more of Iceland in a slower pace. Instead of driving long hours back to Reykjavik as per original plan after ice caving, we could stay in Kirkjublaeklaustur and stay the night at Eldhraun holiday home, three house bedroom with full kitchen.

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