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Boat tours on glacier lagoons of Vatnajökull

Vatnajökull is the largest glacier in Europe and also from Iceland. It covers almost 8% of the Iceland surface and it has over 30 outlets or glacier tongues. Many of the glacier tongues have a lagoon at the end of them formed due to the melting water. Depending on the size and the geology of the lagoon there can be boat tours available.

The most famous glacier lagoon of Vatnajökull is Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon full of icebergs broken from Breiðamerkurjökull tongue. All the icebergs from this lagoon are taken by the ocean currents and brought back to land at Diamond Beach which is right next to the lagoon.

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is one of the most visited places in Iceland and for a very good reason. The landscape is absolutely amazing. Also called the Crown Jewel of Iceland, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon will impress you with its beauty and unicity.

During the summertime, the glacier lagoon is not frozen so there are almost everyday boat trips on the lagoon. There are two options for boat tours on the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon during summer.

Amphibian boat tour. This trip takes about 30-40. During the excursion, you sail among the huge icebergs in the picturesque scenery of Jökulsárlón. On the boat, you get to taste the 1000-year-old ice and if you are lucky you might even see some seals. There is also a guide on the boat who will explain to you the geology of the glacier lagoon. More details and prices for this tour you will find here.

Zodiac Tour. For this boat tour, you have to check-in 30 minutes before departure and the whole tour duration is 1 hour. During this trip, you sail among the huge icebergs in the picturesque scenery of Jökulsárlón.

On the Zodiac tour, we can cover large areas of the lagoon and get closer to the icebergs than on the amphibian. When possible the Zodiac goes almost all the way up to the glacier (as close as safe).

As this tour approach more to the icebergs, all passengers are provided with flotation suits and a life jacket. If this tour aroused your curiosity already, check our zodiac tour for more details.

Not far away from Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is Fjallsárlón lagoon.  And there can also be done two types of boat tours.

Fjallsárlón is an isolated glacial lagoon in the realm of Vatnajökull. Iceland’s tallest volcano, the Öræfajökull glacier looms above the lagoon and reaches down to the water where icebergs break off into the lake and drift serenely around before melting.

Photography Private Boat Tours. Even if you are a pro or an amateur photographer you can choose a photography private boat tour on the Fjallsárlón lagoon. Take all your camera gear since you have a lot of space in the boat, you will be able to take the best shots here.

There are two options for this tour: the classic tour or the luxury tour.

The classic tour takes about one hour and thirty minutes and you will be taken all the way to the edge of the glacier while your guide explains the formation of the glacier, the surrounding landscape, and the community of people that was formed around it.

The luxury tour takes about two hours, and a picnic follows it in Fjallsey. The island is right by the edge of the glacier, making it perfect for a picnic. So after you take your best shots you can relax and enjoy some champagne and the food you will found in the picnic basket. Have you decided which one you choose? Take a look here for more details.

Fjallsárlón – Iceberg boat tour. This tour takes one hour and thirty minutes and you will be sailing to the edge of the glacier. During this tour, you will find out more information about how the local farmers were struggling with the forces of nature back in the day and how they created a communion with nature. Take a look at our boat tours and join us in this adventure.

This can be by far a memorable experience and a unique activity you won’t find everywhere in the world. The Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon was also used as a location for some movie scenes. There were filmed scenes for James Bond: A View to a kill and James Bond: Die another day and also for the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movie in which they sailed among the glaciers on the same kind of boat that is used now for the Amphibian tours. Book a tour and find all the secrets of the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and also the secrets of the Vatnajökull.

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