The Jökulsárlón marine wildlife: what animals can be found?

jokulsarlon marine wildlife

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Hello travelers! Today we come to tell you about the impressive marine wildlife that inhabits the famous Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon in Iceland.

For those who don’t know, Jokulsarlon is a glacial lagoon located on the south coast of Iceland, near the Vatnajokull National Park. What makes it unique is that it is full of huge blocks of ice floating in its crystal clear waters, creating a surreal and spectacular landscape that is worth admiring.

But it is not only the beauty of the place that attracts travelers from all over the world. It is also home to a great variety of marine fauna that can be observed from the shore, by boat during a lagoon tour or by kayaking. Here are some of the most common species that can be found.

jokulsarlon in summer


Although they cannot be seen with the naked eye, the Jokulsarlon lagoon is home to several types of fish, such as salmon and trout. If you are passionate about fishing, this is a unique opportunity to fish in one of the most spectacular places in the world.


Jokulsarlon Lagoon is a popular place to observe seals, as they love to rest on the ice blocks. It is a unique experience to see these adorable and curious creatures playing in their natural environment.

In addition, they are especially curious and not usually afraid of travelers, so it is possible to get up close and enjoy their beauty quite closely. Just don’t forget not to disturb them.

seals jokulsarlon


It is an incredible place to see them in their natural habitat. Humpback whales can often be seen, although there are also other species that sometimes come close to the coast. It is a unique experience to see these majestic creatures jumping and splashing in the water.


There are many species of birds that live in the lagoon, such as the cormorant, the common guillemot, the kittiwake and the sea eagle. If you are an ornithology lover, you cannot miss the opportunity to see these birds in their natural habitat.

Gulls are usually the most seen, flying over the lake and perching on the floating icebergs. Puffins, with their distinctive orange beaks, are also very popular in the area. In addition, if you are lucky, you might see Arctic terns, small, fast birds that feed on fish and crustaceans.

birds jokulsarlon

As you can see, the marine wildlife at Jökulsárlón is very diverse and exciting. If you plan to visit Iceland at some point, be sure to include a visit to this stunning glacial lagoon in your travel itinerary. 👌🏽


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