Monday, July 18, 2016

Jokulsarlon Lagoon - A must see when visiting Iceland

Tucked away in the southeastern corner of Iceland is a little gem of an attraction that no tourist should miss.  Amongst the many tendrils of the Vatnajokull Glacier is the incredible Jokulsarlon Lagoon.

A short drive to the west is the charming town of Vik with its red roofed church on the hill above town and wonderful, towering rock formations just off the coast. Vik is so threatened by the volcanos underneath the glacier above that they have evacuation drills regularly just in case.

A short drive to the east along the Ring Road is my favorite village in Iceland, Hofn.  A beautiful little town with amazing lobster restaurants.  The views of the sea on one side and the magnificent glacier laced mountains on the other are breathtaking.

But in between Vik and Hofn lies the real treasure in Jokulsarlon Lagoon.  Formed eons ago by glacial movements the lagoon is simply incredible.  Icebergs dominate the lagoon as they fall from the glacier.  Beautifully colored icebergs everywhere you look. The luminous blues are so pure.

A thin river allows the tides to strongly flow in and out daily.  We were lucky enough to arrive only minutes before the tidal flow shifted sending water zipping into the lagoon through the tight river opening.  The seagulls arrived immediately, buzzing around the disturbed water grabbing fish.  The cutest seal also arrived on the scene to take advantage of the easy meal as well.

Iceland is truly a gem.  Give yourself a solid ten days to take full advantage of all of the wonders and drive the Ring Road.  In the southeast you simply must set aside time to visit Jokulsarlon Lagoon.  You can’t miss it as the lagoon lies just off the Ring Road right before a bit of a treacherous one lane bridge. Enjoy!

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