A glacier tongue is a fascinating phenomenon in the Icelandic landscape. Glacier tongues can be seen in a number of places when you drive the Ring Road in the southern region.   A glacier tongue is really an enormous part of a glacier falling from the top or the ice cap down a long slope, sometimes hundreds of meters high.  Due to the mass of ice involved, the speed of the ice is very slow as it moves down the slope.

Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue is a accessible place to view the magnificent ice


One of the most visited and admired natural wonders in Iceland is the glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón. It is a lagoon or a lake at the end of a glacier tongue.  When the ice breaks from the tongue it floats on the lake and melts and finally floats out to the Atlantic Ocean.  The location is just perfect on the coastline by the main road circling around the island, Road Nr. 1. This easy access is one of the reasons the lagoon is so popular.  You are basically in proximity to astonishing melting icebergs recently fallen from the glacier just by parking your car.  Just around the corner by Jökulsárlón another lagoon Fjallsárlón is also quite accessible but smaller and not visible from Road Nr. 1.  

Although smaller Fjallsárlón has an advantage

Approximately 10 kilometers before you come to Jökulsárlón from the west there is a turn on your left to Fjallsárlón.  A new service center has opened and you can also take a tour on the lagoon. You can stop by the parking lot by the service center and over a small hill and you will have the lagoon Fjallsárlón in front of you.  As the lagoon is much smaller you have a better view of the whole lagoon and a much better view of the edge of the tongue where the icebergs fall into the water.  This part of the glacier tongue is ofthe very photogenic and adds a perfect background to the lagoon.

Access to Fjallsárlón is easy

Although not visible from the main Road Nr. 1, ofthe referred to as the Ring Road, Fjallsárlón is practically on the Ring Road.  It is about 110 kilometers east of the small village Kirkjubæjarklaustur. When you stop by the parking lot you need to walk a short path over the hill north from the parking lot to see the lagoon. 

Below is the location of Fjallsárlón lagoon on the map of Iceland

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Approximately 10 kilometers before you come to Jökulsárlón from the west there is a turn on your left to Fjallsárlón