Icy Wonderland: Jökulsárlón & Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoons, Iceland

One of the most iconic sights in Iceland is baby blue Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon – and for a good reason. However, it has a lesser known brother that would deserve some fame, too: Fjallsárlón. We show you why they are so spectacular – in pictures.

So right by the famous Ring Road in Southern Iceland, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon comes into sight.

Glacier Lagoons Iceland: Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

A glacial tongue called Breiðamerkurjökull forms the lagoon. It extends from the Vatnajökull glacier.

Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

About 100 metres of ice break off from the glacier every year.

Diamond Beach, Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

The glacier lagoon is rapidly gaining in size as the glacier is retreating.

Glacier Lagoons Iceland: Jökulsárlón

With a depth of 248 metres, Jökulsárlón is Iceland’s deepest lake.

Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

The glacier meets the ocean. Diamond Beach is the result with black sand and sparkling white ice.

Diamond Beach, Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

Diamond Beach, Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

Just about 10 minutes drive from Jökulsárlón, we found Fjallsárlón Lagoon.

Fjallsárlón, Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

Glacier Lagoons Iceland: Fjallsárlón, Vatnajökull National Park

Its water is not that incredibly blue, it’s rather muddy. But the glacier was much closer to us than at Jökulsárlón.

Glacier Lagoons Iceland: Fjallsárlón, Vatnajökull National Park

Glacier Lagoons Iceland: Fjallsárlón, Vatnajökull National Park

High mountain peaks are also closer, and the lagoon reflects them as a mirror in calm weather.

Glacier Lagoons Iceland: Fjallsárlón, Vatnajökull National Park

Glacier Lagoons Iceland: Fjallsárlón, Vatnajökull National Park

Both Jökulsárlón and Fjallsárlón are part of Vatnajökull National Park, Europe’s second largest national park.

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By Beata Urmos

Bea is the co-founder of Our Wanders. She’s the writer and the trip organizer, and she’d love to help you plan your own amazing trips! She likes hiking, good novels and chocolate, as well. Her motto is: “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” (John A. Shedd)

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