The glacier lagoon or the Jökulsárlón Glacier is a must-visit place for every travel enthusiast and photographer. Imagine paddling across the deep and calm lagoon water with seals, birds and gazing those majestic icebergs, it is indeed mesmerizing. Glaciated peaks with a natural shimmer stand tall amidst the lake. They create a magnificent view of the ice caps, while the hues of white and blue dominate the color palette around Jökulsárlón Glacier lagoon. It is one of the most picturesque places and most favorable for kayaking. If you are planning to visit Jökulsárlón Glacier then, kayaking should be at the top of your “to-do list”! Let’s dive in a bit more and find out more about Glacier Lagoon Kayaking.
Reaching Your Destination
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is located on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park, one of the most beautiful places in Iceland. From Reykjavík, it is approximately 5 hours journey. The glacier is well-connected and is easy to reach. Directly on the Ring Road between the Höfn and Skaftafell in southeastern Iceland. When crossing Reykjavík, you will cross over the bridge that is right there, before you reach the lagoon. Adjacent to Route 1, you will see your destination “Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon”.
Surreal Beauty with Astonishing Panoramic Views
Kayaking amidst the natural ice sculptures, over the mirror-like surface, with seabirds overhead, lets you experience a magnificent view of nature. Kayaking in Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is equally suitable for both beginners and experienced paddlers. Paddle your way through the unique-shaped icebergs that have drawn the attention of many filmmakers and directors. Many television series and Hollywood movies have been filmed here and have captured the wonderful scenic beauty. Not just the lagoon, but the entire coastline is worth visiting.
What to Carry Along and Dressing up for Kayaking the Glacier Lagoon
Even during Icelandic summer, you would need to dress up in layers, since the wind could be brutally cold and can hit you up straight. A layer of long sleeve shirt, with few more warm clothing to wear under the drysuit. A good pair of socks, gloves, and headwear is a must to carry! So, put on your boots and get ready to capture the beauty of naturally formed gray and blue glaciers and preserve them for a lifetime.
Professional, English speaking guide
Kayaking equipment – Kayak, Two piece Kayak Suite, Shoes, Safety vest, Kayak Paddle
What to bring
Warm clothing to wear under the suit
Sunglasses on sunny days
Good to know
When booking odd numbers; 1,3,5 etc. you use Single kayak rate
- Reasonable fitness is required for this tour.
Total duration of the tour is 1,5 hours – you will be spending approximately 1 hour on the kayak.
This tour is suitable for both single travelers, groups and families.
We recommend that you arrive at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time.
Would you like to join a more advanced glacier kayaking tour? Check out the Glacier Kayaking Adventure.
- Would you like to go on a different kind of boat tour on Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon? Check out the Zodiac Boat tour.
- Are you traveling in the area during winter and would like to join an ice cave tour from Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon? Check out the Crystal Ice Cave in Vatnajokull.
Interesting locations in the area
Hotels & Restaurants
Most frequent questions and answers
Meet us in our small box van at Jökulsárlón. We have all our equipment in our van and there we suit up before heading out on to the water. Our van is located at the Glacier lagoon main parking lot.
GPS 64.048096, -16.178778
We kindly ask you to be at the meeting point on time. We recommend arriving at least 15 min before the scheduled departure time. Late arrivals unfortunately will miss out on their reservation and it will result in the cancellation of your booking and a full forfeiture of your booking fee.
Driving time to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon from Reykjavík is around 5 hours in good road conditions.
We encourage bringing hiking boots for glacier tours. They have to hard on the sole and tight around the ankle. You will be provided with kayaking shoes on this tour so you don’t have to bring your own kayaking shoes. If you don’t have them, we have them for rent in all sizes in Skaftafell or Sólheimajökull. You can add them to your reservation at the time of booking or rent them on location pay with cash or card. The price is ISK 1,500 per pair. For ice climbing tours, boots are included in the price.
Wear warm clothes. We will provide you with a drysuit for the kayaking tour.
Unfortunately it is not possible to go on a glacier lagoon kayaking tour during the winter time. However, you can join other kind of boat tours on Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Check out the Zodiac boat tour on Jokulsarlon.
You can choose between variety of guided tours from Jokulsarlon during the winter time. The most popular one is the Crystal Ice Cave Super Jeep that departures from Jokulsarlong.
If the tour gets cancelled, for example due to weather, we will let you know as soon as possible and you can choose between rescheduling the tour or receiving a full refund.