Exploring Jokulsarlon by Zodiac

Friday, 17th March 2017

Destination Specialist

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Hundreds of blue icebergs drift serenely in magical Jokulsarlon in south east Iceland: their crystal-like remains glittering on a nearby lava-sand beach. A roadside wonder, be sure to leave your car and join a boat trip on the lagoon!

Travel Specialist, Louise, did exactly that when she explored Jokulsarlon by Zodiac…

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Sunset over Jokulsarlon

On arrival at the lagoon car park we were given a waterproof and thermal overall (to protect us from the elements!) and life jacket and given a brief safety talk.

Louise jokulsarlon

Once we were all geared-up, we made the short walk down the track to the jetty and climbed aboard the Zodiac. There were 10 of us in total to perch on the side of the rib – with ropes to hold on to.

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We set off across the lagoon and headed toward the snout of the glacier. As we swiftly glided across the lagoon in the Zodiac, we were able to see huge icebergs that had calved-off from the glacier.

Jokulsarlon iceberg

Through the fog, the end of the glacier appeared and we slowly cruised closer for a better look where the guide explained how the brighter blue part of the glacier is where ice has recently calved away and the black that can be seen is predominantly ash from previous volcanic eruptions!

Jokulsarlon icebergs

After cruising the length of the glacier, we made our way back across the lagoon – stopping to look at the variety of icebergs and their captivating colours along the way. Although we weren’t blessed with the clearest weather conditions, we were told that the vivid blues of the ice are apparently much more vibrant in cloudy conditions…

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Jokulsarlon

Once we had disembarked the Zodiac, we took a walk along the lagoon edge to look out over the icebergs which really put their size into perspective, before returning our overalls to the base and heading onto our next Icelandic experience!


Feeling inspired?

You can experience Jokulsarlon on a number of holidays such as our Icelandic Northern Lights Odyssey holiday, or add a Jokulsarlon excursion to any tailor-made adventures.

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