Located in South Iceland, the Fjallsarlon lagoon Iceland is the little glacier lagoon brother of the famous Jokulsarlon. When we think of Iceland, we imagine fjords or volcanoes, but Iceland is also covered by vary large glaciers that create lagoons and icebergs. Here is my guide to help you plan your visit.
About the Fjallsarlon Lagoon
Fjallsárlón is a glacier lake, also called lagoon, from the glacier system of Vatnajökull. Located in South Iceland, it is not right along Road 1 thus people overlook it and rush to the famous Jökulsárlón. I think a stop there is really worth it as you are closer to the glacier, with interesting background mountains and surrounded by significantly less tourists. You can enjoy a quiet moment. It breathes peace and tranquillity.
PLANNING TIPS - Fjallsarlon Iceland
How to get to Fjallsarlon
- 10km west of Jökulsárlón, from Road 1, a dirt road towards inland with a small signs leads to the glacier which you can see from far away (1.5 km North of Ring road)
- Note that the road can be difficult in winter because of ice and snow
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- There is a large parking area above the lagoon. The views are impressive from there. (see picture below)
- Then you can walk down and along the glacier; Attention there is no special path and it can get a bit slippery. But it is wide open and you can choose where to walk.
- There can be big variance in the number and size of icebergs. But it is always nice. If there are none or little icebergs you can see the details of the glacier. If you have many iceberg well, you have those pictures below
- In Summer do not get too close to the big Seagulls which are protecting their nests
- Glacier lagoon Boat tours are proposed to get closer to the glacier. Being on a photography tour, I did not have time to try but I would love to.
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View of Fjallsárlón from the parking area
Here is a panorama from the parking. It looks small but don't be fooled by the photo, it is very impressive!
The Icebergs of Fjallsárlón
It was for me the first time I was able to touch icebergs. What a crazy experience! Some of them have strange shapes. I was especially attracted to the one at the front on the second picture, trying to give a leading line to my photo 🙂
Panoramas of Fjallsárlón
I tried taking some panoramas but it is very hard to render the beauty and charm of the place
A photographer's paradise
It was funny to watch all those tripods along the lagoon. This was truly a photorgrapher's apradise
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Have you ever been that close to icebergs?