Fjallsárlón is a glacier lagoon just West of Jökulsárlón. Unlike Jökulsárlón, Fjalsárlón has no direct access to the ocean, so there are no seals or tides, this also means that the water is not as fresh and reflects the soft brown of the lagoon floor as it is scraped by the massive icebergs. The lagoon is fairly small so you are close to the glacier shelf. The jagged glacier edge is a place where you might witness ice calving in the Summer months. Zodiac boat tours run in the Summer months and take visitors really close to the ice shelf.

Above the Fjallsarlon lagoon sits Europe’s second largest volcano Öræfi. The caldera can’t be seen because the top of the mountain is quite flat. This land mass includes Hvannadalshnjúkur, the highest peak in Iceland, which can be seen from the Skaftafell side. The glacier has to come down some steep slopes before it reaches the lagoon. There are a few rivers that take the melt water to the ocean.

Fjalsárlón has a few tracks leading into it from the #1 ring road. The main access track has a tiny red sign post and in the Summer you will see the Zodiac Tours sign post.

This Location can be the windiest place in Iceland (I mean turn your car over), but if it is still, it has some of the best ice reflections.


The location works very well in both Winter and Summer. It has been used as a “Game of Thrones” film set – North of the Wall.

Fjallsarlon Summer

The Location works well for Northern Lights, if you can find it in the dark.


We usually cover this location on the following photo tours

Two day South Coast & Jökulsarlon

This 2 day Iceland Photo Tour includes Jökulsarlon and the South coast – with chance for Auroras on the glacier lagoon and sunrise on the ice beach.

Four day Geysirs & Glaciers

This four day Photo Tour of the Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir, South coast, Jökulsárlón and Höfn offer a huge range of photo opportunities.

Five day Beautiful South

This photo tour combines the Golden Circle, Snæfellsnes Peninsular , South coast & Jökulsarlon photo tours to give a complete South Iceland experience.

6 day Diamonds & Dragons

This multi-day tour will take you around the best of South & West Iceland in six days. Touring from North West to South East with many top photo locations.

Seven day Full Circle

Iceland has a rich variety of landscapes and seascapes and this tour is designed to enhance that variety & capture Iceland’s full diversity.


Ice beach delight

Ice beach delight Iceland photo holidays This lone piece of ice doesn't represent the whole truth of the time and place. This photo was taken on the ice beach at Jökulsarlon during our October Iceland photo workshop. In truth, the beach was very crowded...

Crystal Corner Abstract – Jökulsarlon Ice Beach

Jökulsarlon Ice Beach Crystal Corner Abstract See more on a photo tour Many visitors to the ice beach at Jökulsarlon will miss shots like these. This was taken on a rainy day when the regular visitors clambered from the tour bus down...

Blue stream Ice

Ice beach photo tour Long exposure photography This long exposure photo was far from a matter of being still. The main piece of ice was surrounded by a wall of ice chunks like a pig in a pen. The wash of ocean was filling the ice-pen regularly...

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