Most people who travel to Iceland know about Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, which is a highlight of many people’s Icelandic holidays, and certainly was for us! If you do also have time, we would definitely recommend visiting the neighbouring, lesser-known Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon! Our glacier tour guide recommended we visit and so we decided to have a look on our way back from Diamond Beach to our hotel, Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon.
Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon is an iceberg lagoon at the south end of the Vatnajökull glacier. There are icebergs floating in the lagoon and you can see the glacier towering over the lagoon and crawling down the surrounding mountains! Unlike Jökulsárlón, the icebergs stay in this lagoon until they melt as it is not connected to the sea.
The lagoon was stunning and we had the whole place to ourselves, we explored for about an hour before we started to lose light and had to head back to our car. During that time we only saw one other couple! In some ways Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon felt extra special because it was so quiet and away from the crowds, it was so peaceful that you could actually hear the ice cracking and icebergs crashing into the water below. The icebergs featured similar stunning colours to that of the icebergs in Jökulsárlón, however as we were there later in the day it was a lot lighter and this also reflected in the colours of the ice.
Visitors can also take a boat tour on the lagoon at certain times of the day and get a close view of the icebergs from the water. We arrived too late for this, but if we ever returned I would definitely book a boat tour!
If you’re coming to Iceland then definitely be sure to visit Jökulsárlón, but if you can, keep a few hours free to check out its lovely neighbour, Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon ! You definitely won’t be disappointed!