There are eight main glaciers in Iceland. There are a few more, but very small, rapidly disappearing. Although all of them are in decline and some have large glacier tongues, there are only a few places where you will find a lake or a lagoon by the edge of the glacier. Among the better known in Iceland are both Jökulsárlón and Fjallsárlón. Hagavatn lake is one such lake that is fed by streams from the glacier and from under the glacier. Located on the south side of Langjökull glacier it is one of two such lakes connected with Langjökull. The other one is Hvítárvatn. The main characteristic for these lakes is the milky color and, as sometimes is the case, icebergs falling into the lake from the glacier tongue.
A very different landscape, kind of gray and lacking vegetation
The highland of Iceland has its own kind of attraction and fascination, vast horizon, black sands and gray color. You will find places in the Highland that have vegetation, moss, flowers and grass, but they are rare and usually in a small area around spring-fed rivers. The Highland is a very different animal when it comes to beauty. The Hagavatn lake area is quite typical for the Highland. The view from the 440 meters altitude is magnificent, the mountains Jarlhettur north-east of the lake are stunning as well as the lava and landscape surrounding the lake. Also, you have the glacier in the background. If you are in Iceland and you want to see something very different we encourage you to visit Hagavatna and the waterfall Nýifoss.
Access is not easy and requires a large 4WD vehicle
Hagavant is not far away from Gullfoss. If you continue north on Kjalvegur Nr. 35 from Gullfoss you drive 10 kilometers and you will come to a left turn (west) to Hagavatnsvegur Nr. F35. The same road leading to Nýifoss. This road like many F roads in Iceland, mountain roads, require a well equipped 4X4 vehicle. It is a highland road and requires caution and preparation. We recommend that you stop in the parking lot in front of the waterfall and walk the last few hundred meters. There is no point in driving up the steep and difficult part of the track up to the lake.
Below is the location of Hagavatn lake on the map of Iceland