How to get to Jokulsarlon from Reykjavik

how to get to jokulsarlon from reykjavik

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Jökulsárlón landscape is amazing. It is normal that you can’t wait to visit it, but do you know how to get to Jokulsarlon from Reykjavik? Don’t worry, we’ll tell you all about it.

Before we start, if you want to know more about the glacial lagoon origin, in our post “all about Jökulsárlón” you will find all the information. Now , are you ready for take-off?

Jokulsarlon Floating Glaciers

Excursions with transport included

If you are looking for a safe journey a 1 day or 2 days transportation included tour is the best option. So you can forget about looking how to get to the glacier lagoon.

We recommend you get to Jökulsárlón from Reykjavik with the South Coast and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Tour. You will spend two days discovering the best places in the area such as Skogafoss waterfalls, see the northern lights in Höf. And, as a final destination, enjoy Jökulsárlón. You will also have wifi in the minibus!

Northern lights in South Iceland

Driving from Reykjavik to Jökulsárlón

Renting a car in Iceland is also a comfortable option and gives you more independence. However, you have to know that the journey takes about 6 hours and you have to take into account the weather.

The best advice is to look at the road conditions where you are going to drive, especially if you go in winter. The beauty of this time is being able to see the Northern Lights from Reykjavik, spectacular.

You will drive along the Bypass Road, known as the Ring Road. It connects major cities and towns. Jökulsárlón is right next to this road, so you’ll get there without any problems.

When traveling the entire South Coast, you have time to do the Skaftafell glacier hike or the Vatnajökull Glacier Hike before arriving at the lagoon. Of course, you will have to stop for the night. Once in the glacial lagoon, if you have an adventurous spirit, you may want to kayaking in Jökulsárlón, a unique experience.

What is the driving distance from Reykjavik to Jokulsarlon ? The drive is 233mi (375 km) and the cost of gasoline is between 61 american dollars (52€) and 88$ (75€).

Car on the road in Reykjavik

Bus from Reykjavik to Jökulsárlón

Every day of your trip to Iceland can be an adventure and even more so if you know how to get to Jokulsarlon from Reykjavik. When you get to this wonder you can do some of the excursions in the glacial lagoon to complete the experience.

One of the ways to approach Jökulsárlón is with bus. You have several options, the first one is to take only one bus (the journey takes about 11 hours). In addition, you will make 2 stops: Hvolsvöllur and Vík í Mýrdal. That is why it is recommended to make the trip in 2 days.

You can also combine bus and then car. There are 4 possible combinations where the final journey is always the same: by car from Kirkjubæjarklaustur to Jökulsárlón (1h 35m approx.) and the price is around 23$ (20 EUR).

Tourist in Jökulsárlón Iceland

The main differences of the 4 combinations are the departure, from where in Reykjavik the bus departs, and the number of transports taken. The first departs from Mjódd and you will have to take 3 buses in total. The second from Reykjavík Campsite, the northern part of the capital and you’ll take the same number of buses (3).

Talking about the other 2 remaining combinations: they consist of taking 4 buses and the final journey by car (same as the rest). You can departing from Kringlan (line 3) or from Háaleitisbraut / Lágmúli (line 11 or 4).

All the possibilities to get to the glacier lagoon by bus cost between 58$ (50€) and 71$ (60€). Below you will see a comparative table of all the options 🙂

Comparative table

Total buses Departs Stops Totl time Total price
1 Option 1 Reykjavik Hvolsvöllur, Vík í Mýrdal (2) 11h
2 Option 3 Mjódd Selfoss – N1, Vík í Mýrdal, Kirkjubæjarklaustur (3) 7.20 h from 65$
3 Option 3 Reykjavík Campsite Hvolsvöllur, Vík í Mýrdal, Kirkjubæjarklaustur (3) 7.35h from 74$
4 Option 4 Kringlan Mjódd, Selfoss – N1, Vík í Mýrdal, Kirkjubæjarklaustur (4) 8.30h from 62$
5 Option 4 Háaleitisbraut / Lágmúli Mjódd, Selfoss – N1, Vík í Mýrdal, Kirkjubæjarklaustur (4) 8.44h from 63$

Get to Jökulsárlón by taking the plane

Getting on a plane and then taking other transportation is a good answer to how to get to Jokulsarlon from Reykjavik, don’t you think? If what you want is to take a plane, you have 2 options and both depart from Reykjavik Airport (RKV).

Huge glaciers of Jökulsárlón

The first option is a total journey of 3 and a quarter hours. Taking a plane first to Hornafjordur (HFN), then a cab for about 29$ (€25) to Höfn í Hornafirði, where you’ll take bus (51) to Jökulsárlón. The bus will cost you about 17$ (15€) and the trip takes about 1 hour.

On the other hand, after being 1 hour on the plane from Reykjavik to Egilsstadir (EGS), you can drive your car to Jökulsárlón. This road trip is about 4 hours 167mi (270km) and the fuel is around 46$ (40€) or 58$ (50€). So you would be traveling for approximately 5 hours.

The planes prices may vary depending on the time of year you want to travel, so we recommend you look at the tickets well in advance to get them cheaper.

After reading all the information, surely you already know how to get to Jokulsarlon from Reykjavik, so there is no excuse to discover and enjoy this natural wonder. Which option do you choose to go to Jökulsárlón, are you ready?


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1 Comment

  1. Are there any bus tours that would allow enough time near the glacier lagoon to kayak, see the ice cave, etc.?

    We’re going in September.

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