Glacier Tour Insight
Embark with us for an adventure among sculpture-like icebergs and sail up to the very secluded glacier wall of Jökulsárlón, where at times we witness complete serenity and at times the captivating view of a breaking glacier (calving). An extraordinary place, only few have seen. If we are lucky we might spot some seals playing around and witness ice breaking off the glacier wall.
Step into our boat and witness all the hidden corners of the vast Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Reach places most people never will.
- Season: May-October
- Difficulty: Easy
- Start time: From 9:00 - 17:00
- Duration: 2 hours - 75 min on the boat
- Area: Jökulsárlón
- Type: Zodiac boat tour
- Meeting point: Jökulsárlón
- Age limit: 8 year old
- Group size: 12
- Tags: Boat tour
This glacier tour is provided by our friends at Ice Lagoon Adventure Tours!
Your adventure begins and ends at the blue Ice Lagoon Truck. It’s our main base and check-in point by road no. 1 on the main parking space by the lagoon.
After a warm welcome and a quick check-in, we will call you into the truck, so that everyone gets equipped with a floatation suit and a life vest (please be so kind to take off your shoes before dressing into the suits, as we try to keep our equipment in good condition for everyone. Underneath the floatation suit you should wear appropriate clothes according to the weather at the time – e.g. if it’s raining, wear your rain jacket and pants.
Next, we drive you for about 5 min to the dock in our extremely cool Super-Truck-Bus – which is an attraction itself.
Before we start the boat trip on the glacier lagoon, we will brief you on the security on board. Two zodiacs boats will always go out together at the time for safety reasons.
Once on board, we start the clock and bring you to the ~ 8 km far glacier wall, of course, within a safe distance. Otherwise not observable, with the zodiac boat tour we offer the possibility to hear the glacier from close up and sometimes even witness calving (a portion of the glacier wall breaking into the lagoon and forming a new iceberg).
In 2011 we started the tour with one hour, which back then was sufficient to enjoy Jökulsárlón’s nature. As the glaciers are receding, the wall keeps moving further away from shore and we need more time to get the same experience.
Today we want to be the first to offer a 75-minute zodiac boat tour, the longest tour in the lagoon and within the national park glacier lagoons! We believe this is the only way to truly experience Jökulsárlón. On this tour, we have time to check out the glacier wall, stop by several icebergs and give everyone the chance to have their personal picture taken, if they wish for it.
Once we bring you back, with a head full of memories, you will have experienced this extraordinary place and paid it the attention it truly deserves, instead of being just a mere passerby.
The total duration of the glacier tour is up to 2 hours, with all preparations beforehand: dressing up into suits, putting on life vests, 10 min bus ride (to the dock and back to base), the safety briefing at the dock. That is why it is important to be on time.
Note on the weather: Do not despair on a rainy or foggy day! These days are the most magical and offer unique views, seen only by a handful of people. Out on the lagoon, any day is perfect. It doesn’t matter the weather. The only thing that stops us is the wind. Any weather offers us a visually colorful interplay between ice and light.
All tours are taken at the responsibility of participants. Glacier Adventure does not take responsibility for accidents which are caused by their customers or can be traced to their own actions.
It’s important to check in at the Ice Lagoon truck 15 minutes before the time shown on your ticket. If you arrive early then it’s always good to finish the check in right away to avoid lines at our check in point.
ZODIAC BOAT TOUR MEETING POINT is located in a truck by the Glacier Lagoon/Jökulsárlón marked as Ice Lagoon – Adventure Tours. We recommend being there at least 15 minutes before departure time. You will find the Ice Lagoon Adventure meeting point on Google Maps here
The Boat Tour is operated by our local friends at Ice Lagoon Adventure Tours. If you need to contact them:
Tel: +354 860-9996 – www.icelagoon.com – [email protected]
- A 75-minute boat ride with a professional guide
- Flotation Device
- Warm Suits
What to bring!
- Take only all you need for the boat tour and leave your backpack in your car or in the storage compartment on our bus.
- Glacier Adventure reserves the right to always keep a 5% payment fee to cover costs for the booking & rescheduling.
- If you must reschedule or cancel the booking, please provide us with 24-hour notice. This way we might be able to resell the seats.
- Cancellations received less than 24 hours before tour departure, will not be refunded. This includes bookings made within 24 hours before departure.
- If clients cancel their tour more than 24 hours before departure, a 95% refund will be given.
- “No Shows” will not be refunded if the client is not on time before the tour departure.
- Glacier Adventure reserves the right to cancel your trip with your safety in mind.
- With short notice, the tours can be canceled due to safety reasons or other natural conditions. In such cases, a 100% refund is provided.
Note: We don’t refund if the client is late or doesn’t show up, or if the weather is not good and the tour is still on schedule. We recommend that participants stay in a hotel or guesthouse close to Hali the night before the tour.