One of the places that you shouldn’t miss when visiting Iceland is its largest lagoon, the Jökulsárlón. Located in the southeast part of the country, Jökulsárlón can be found at the head of Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. The lagoon has become widely known for its appearance in four different Hollywood movies: Die Another Day, A View to a Kill, Batman Begins, and Tomb Raider.
If you happen to be in Iceland, do not forget to include Jökulsárlón in your to-visit places in the country. The following are some of the things that you can do in this largest glacier lagoon in Iceland:
1. Marvel at its fauna
The lagoon isn’t only famous for its presence in the international screen; it is also known for its rich fauna. Wide array of fish can be found in it including trout, salmon, and herring. Seals can also be found in groups especially during winter as they gather in the mouth of the lake to catch fish. When you’re heading in the lagoon during summer, large numbers of skuas (big seagulls) can be found along the shores of the lake. Gannets, which are also huge birds, are also seen during summer time. This variety of birds is said to migrate from Spain and Africa.
2. Go on a boat tour
There’s no any other way to marvel at the beauty of the lagoon other than going on a boat tour. Commercialized boat tours started in 1985 and has now become the main ‘to do’ of the people visiting the Jökulsárlón lagoon. These boat tours provide an amazing view of the site. Different tour operators in Iceland could assist you in getting into one of these tours.
3. Explore its nearby places
The good thing about this lagoon is its proximity to other interesting sites which you could check out after your boat tour. These impressive sites include the Ingólfshöfði cape (an isolated island), Vatnajökull glacier (the highest elevation in Iceland), and the Fláajökull glacier (one of the glaciers flowing from Vatnajokull glacier).
Iceland is definitely a country filled with natural wonders. Its hospitable people, culture, and most of all, its lagoons are definitely worth a visit.