The first commercial boat tours on the lagoon were in 1985 after the lagoon had some introduction in the opening scene of the James Bond movie Die Another Day which was shot on Jökulsárlón.
In 1987 the company that is still running to day was founded that summer about 5.000 passengers sailed on the two small vessels operated by the company.
The next year an amphibian vehicleLARC – V was introduced to the fleet by the Glacier lagoon. In 1995 the number of passengers per year had multiplied and the company then operated 3 amphibian Vehicles.
In 2006 the fourth amphibian was introduced to the operation. The company Jökulsárlón ehf. now holds about 30 seasonal employees and for the past few years between 60 – 70 thousand passengers have gone on the boat tours every year.
Since the first commercial boat tour took place on the Glacier lagoon about 900.000 passengers have taken the excursion offered by the company Jökulsárlón ehf.
The Ice Lagoon (Jökulsárlón), a glacial river lagoon in Iceland, is part of one of the shortest rivers in Iceland, Jökulsá á Breidamerkursandi, which is only 1500 metres (4900 feet) long.
The Glacier lagoon in Iceland is close to highway number one, about 370 km (230 miles) east from Reykjavík and it is told to be one of the greatest wonders of nature in Iceland. This is lagoon is a recent one, the result of a warmer climate. The surface is at sea level and sea water flows into the lagoon at high tide.
Huge blocks of ice constantly break off the glacier, Breidamerkurjokull glacier, and large icebergs from the glacier float on the lagoon. The lagoon is not very wide but it is up to 250 meters deep which makes it the deepest lake in Iceland . The glacier Breiðamerkurjökull glacier is an outlet of the Vatnajökull glacier.
The company Jökulsárlón ehf offers exciting boat trips on the glacier lagoon in one of our four amphibian boats. In the tour you sail among the huge icebergs in this unique scenic environment. In the tour you get to taste the, more than 1,000 year old ice and if you are lucky you might even see some seals.
The Glacier Lagoon in Iceland is the boundary between the settlements of Hrollaugur Rognvaldsson and Þórður Illugi, who stranded his ship there and bought his land from Hrollaugur.