The glacier lagoon is one of the most popular tourist destinations, and no wonder. The glacier and its surrounding are a spectacular scenery which is always changing due to huge Icebergs broken off the glacier which gradually moves around inside the lagoon on its way to the ocean. Part of the scenery is the black beach with its melting icebergs all over which has been given the name “diamond beach” due to its melting icebergs which have been broken down into smaller pieces.
The lagoon flows through a short waterway into the Atlantic Ocean, leaving chunks of ice on the back beach. Huge blocks of icebergs float around in the lagoon which has broken off from the glacier. Ice chunks on the black beach look like diamonds, which give the beach its name, so take a walk on the diamond beach along the Glacier Lagoon.
Very often the lagoon host hundreds of seals. Exciting boat or Zodiac trips can be offered if requested.
This place is also famous for its settings in two James Bond films, one being “Die Another Day”, the other A View to Kill. The location has also been used in other films such as Tomb Raider and Beowulf.
During the drive on the southern coast of Iceland towards the Glacier lagoon, we will make a short stop at either the Skógafoss waterfall or at the black sand beach and Reynisdrangar, close to Vik í Mýrdal.
Due to the 380 km drive from Reykjavik Capital, then this trip is the longest day tour (13 to 14 hours), but it certainly is worth the drive.