Kayaking on Jökulsárlón is a once in a lifetime experience like no other. This one-of-a-kind tour combines a unique location with exceptional natural wonders, such as glaciers and a black sand beach, and diverse wildlife all into one memorable package.
Sit-on-top kayaks are a great way to safely explore the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. You’ll paddle across blue waters and get up close and personal with icebergs fresh off the Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier. These icebergs feature every imaginable hue of blue due to ice compression. Some icebergs also display gray shadows slicing through them — layers of ash that look like beautiful scars left by ancient volcanic eruptions.
The water runs from the ice lagoon to the Atlantic Ocean and washes the blue natural ice sculptures onto a unique black sand beach. Bright blue ice dramatically contrasts with the black Diamond Beach, creating scenery you won’t see anywhere else.
If you’re lucky, you may spot some seals who frequent the area, playing between the crystal icebergs.
Our kayaking tours are suitable for both beginner and experienced paddlers. For this tour, we use sit-on-top kayaks that are safe and easy to navigate. You’ll be accompanied by an expert guide who knows the lagoon like the back of their hand. The guide will tell you about the history, nature, and wildlife in the area. They’ll also make sure that you’re comfortable paddling your kayak and that you remain safe at all times.
Jokulsarlon is the deepest lake in Iceland with a maximum depth of 814 feet (248m) and it covers an area of nearly 7mi² (18km²). Jökulsárlón borders Vatnajökull National Park, the second largest national park in Europe, which shelters some of the mos...)
Jokulsarlon is the deepest lake in Iceland with a maximum depth of 814 feet (248m) and it covers an area of nearly 7mi² (18km²). Jökulsárlón borders Vatnajökull National Park, the second largest national park in Europe, which shelters some of the most visited sights in Iceland. One such sight being Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull. Vatnajökull is also visible while kayaking on Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon.
Even if you’ve never been to Jokulsarlon before, you might still recognize the area. It’s been featured in a few famous Hollywood movies. The glacier lagoon is a favorite of James Bond movie creators, who chose the area to film the well-known A View to a Kill in 1985, and Die Another Day in 2002.
Meet your guide in the Jökulsárlón car park. Look out for the box van which is clearly marked “IceGuide” and you’ll find the guide. Jökulsárlon is located just off the Ring Road, 230 mi (370km) from Reykjavík. It takes approximately 5 hours to drive...)
Meet your guide in the Jökulsárlón car park. Look out for the box van which is clearly marked “IceGuide” and you’ll find the guide.
Jökulsárlon is located just off the Ring Road, 230 mi (370km) from Reykjavík. It takes approximately 5 hours to drive to the lagoon in good weather conditions.
Although unlikely, your clothes may get wet, so it’s a good idea to bring a change of clothes.)
Although unlikely, your clothes may get wet, so it’s a good idea to bring a change of clothes.
Still got questions about the tour? Hopefully you will find the answer here.
Warm outdoor clothing is well recommended, for example, a fleece or wool sweater and pants. It is also a good idea to bring a change of clothing and swimwear.
There is no prior kayaking experience required for the tours as our professional guides will teach all the technique on location.
All of our kayaking tours are listed at a level easy or moderate so most people should be able to do the tour. Just bear in mind that the activity is an outdoor nature activity so some physical strength is needed.
Top of the line plastic sea kayaks is used on all of our kayaking tours.
Our kayaks are very stable and easy to use.
Of course, they can tip over, although they are very stable and it happens rarley. If they tip over the guide has the necessary equipment and ability to quickly tip them over again.
Do not worry if your kayak tip over as all participants get life jackets and neoprene suits so they will stay warm even if they fall in.
Yes, all of our kayaking tours are operated by experienced and certified professional 4-star BCU sea kayak guides.
We recommend a waterproof camera when going on a kayaking tour. However, we do not recommend you to take too much with you on the kayaking tour as there is really no need for it.
You don’t need to be able ‘’swim’’ while kayaking, although we recommend that you can. People that can’t swim tend to panic when they are in the water. You must be comfortable with floating in the water.