Walrus in Jökulsárlón in 2013

In 2013 we took a trip to the South East of the country. One of the most interesting places there is Jökulsárlón, Glacier Lagoon. When we got there we spotted a small group of people near the shore. They had gathered around a Walrus  (Odobenus rosmarus). We were so surprised, we had never seen a Walrus before.

Rostungur / romshvalur – Walrus – Odobenus rosmarus

This huge animal just lay there enjoying the rest, flipping over every once in a while. Some tourist asked us if it was common to see a Walrus in Iceland and we could tell them that this was a first for us.


Walruses are very seldom seen in Iceland but this animal, a male, is probably accountable for several sightings in 2013.

Sunbathing Walrus and Kristín, a little nervous

Reykjavík Grapevine in English:

Morgunblaðið in Icelandic, with a photo from ORNOSK/Örn Óskarsson: