Heinabergslón Glacier Lagoon is a small glacier lake tucked away along Iceland’s South Coast. The lagoon is part of Vatnajokull Glacier, the largest glacier in Europe. It’s known as the smaller yet equally beautiful version of the world-famous Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon.

Heinabergslon Glacier Lagoon in Iceland

Travelers visit Heinabergslon Glacier Lagoon to check out the lake’s crystal-blue icebergs. Less crowded than Jokulsarlon, Heinabergslón is an excellent place to go off-the-beaten-path and enjoy Icelandic beauty in a peaceful environment.

Where is Heinabergslón Lagoon located?

Car road in Iceland

Heinabergslon Glacier Lagoon is hidden along the southern end of Iceland’s Ring Road (Route 1). The lagoon originates from one of Vatnajokull’s glacier tongues, Heinabergsjokull.

How to get to Heinabergslón?

Heinbergslon is a 5.5-hour drive from Reykjavik. Drive southeast on the Ring Road from Reykjavik for roughly 418 km (260 mi).

After a little over five hours of driving, turn left on a gravel road marked by a  sign that says “Heinabergsjökull.” Drive on this gravel road for about 15 minutes until you get to the Heinabergslón parking area. 

What to do near Heinabergslón

Man kayaking in glacier lagoon in Iceland

Heinabergslon’s still water and iconic glacier landscape is a great place to enjoy Iceland’s glacial wonderland in peace. Here are a few of the best things to do in the Heinabergslon area:

  • Go on a kayak tour. Get up close to the lagoon’s crystal-blue icebergs with a kayak adventure. Take a kayak tour with a glacier guide as you paddle through the glacial waters on a kayak.
  • Enter an ice cave. There are plenty of great caves to explore near Heinaberglon. Plan a visit to an ice cave and walk into the glacier’s underbelly with an experienced guide. 
  • Visit a coastal fishing village. Only 30 minutes from Heinabergslon, the town of Hofn is a great place to take a look into local Icelandic culture. Hofn is considered the lobster capital of Iceland.
  • Join a glacier adventure tour. The lagoon is inside Vatnajokull National Park, where adventurers can find a wide variety of incredible glacier activities

Where to stay near Heinabergslon

There are many places to stay near the lagoon. Always remember to book in advance as the South Coast is very popular for tourists. Here are a few of the top places to stay in the Heinaberglon area:

Adventure Hotel Hof in Iceland
  • Adventure Hotel Hof
  • Hotel Smyrlabjorg 
  • Aurora Cabins
  • Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon 
  • Hofn HI Hostel
  • Guesthouse Skalafell
  • Haukafell Campground
  • Camping Hofn

Safety at Heinabergslon

Glacier Lagoon safety rules sign


Although Heinabergslon Lagoon’s brilliant ice is beautiful to look at, it's very dangerous to step on. To stay safe while at the lagoon, it’s important to not walk or jump on its floating ice as the ice flips easily. Always stay close to the shoreline to avoid any danger. 

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