One of Iceland's best known and most popular tourist attractions, the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, is only about 30 minutes drive away from Nónhamar Guesthouse. Arriving to the lagoon is like visiting another world. Huge blocks of ice break off the edge of Breiðamerkurjökull glacier and float around the lagoon in direction of winds and tides. The largest icebergs reach the bottom of the lake while the smaller ones drift out to the sea and disperse in the waves. The sea water smoothes them and casts them back on the shore where they melt away in the black sands of the beach.
Jökulsárlón is the deepest lake in Iceland with recorded depth of 260 meters at the edge of the glacier tounge. The lagoon began to form in 1934 when Breiðamerkurjökull glacier started to retreat and since then it has steadily been growing larger throughout the years. In 1975 the lagoon had an area of about 8 square kilometers but it has grown to be about 25 square kilometers today.
The lagoon is affected by sea levels and during high tide the sea water flows into the lagoon so it contains a mixture of freshwater and saltwater. Salmon, capelin and herring swim into the lagoon and seals follow the food. During the summer it's not uncommon to see curious seals poking their heads up and when the lake is frozen in the wintertime the local seal population can often be seen relaxing on the ice. The birdlife is prolific as the surrounding area is a breeding ground for the arctic tern. Eider ducks can also be seen swimming in between the icebergs and the nearby vast sand dessert is a home to the great skua.
Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon is situated by the ring road (road 1) so it's easily accessible. It's ideal to enjoy a walk along the lagoon and on the nearby black sand beach which offers some unique photo opportunities. In the summertime it's possible to take a boat ride on the lagoon and there's also a small cafeteria onsite.