The Diamond Beach: A Stretch of Icebergs and Black Sand


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A soothing and gentle breeze that whispers in your ears and rustles through the hair, calmness amidst the roaring see waves that crash against the shore, the smell of wet and untouched sand. Nothing can beat the vibe and feel that you get when you visit a beach. The view is indeed mesmerizing and lets you remind of how beautiful nature is. And one of the best examples is The Diamond Beach! The spellbinding and magical ice-speckled beach is sure to captivate you the moment you visit there. It is a once in a lifetime experience and must be there in your travel bucket list.

Exploring the South Coast of Iceland

The Diamond Beach, which is a strip of dense black sand belongs to the greater Breiðamerkursandur glacial plain, on the South Coast of Iceland. This is a beautiful black volcanic sand beach, which is next to the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. A whole new experience awaits you as you walk between the diamond-shaped ice drifted land from Breidamerkurjokull Glacier.

sunset at Diamond Beach in south Iceland

Sculpted by the Sea. Shining Under the Sun

This beach lends its name from the giant icebergs that stands tall on the black sand beach and absorbing the natural light to reflect resembling diamonds. The original name is Breiðamerkursandur, which is a glacial outwash plain. Breiðamerkursandur, here sandur means the sandy beach, and Breiðamerkurjökull is the neighboring glacier tongue. The icebergs that fill up the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon crashes up on the shore and that results in creating a stunning contrast with volcanic black sand. The icebergs land on the shore from the nearby lagoon and wash up on black sand that creates a visually attractive sight to witness. The big boulders are naturally polished and sculpted by the wind and water that makes it shine bright in contrast with the black sand. The natural contrast created by the crystal ice against black sand is simply jaw-dropping.

Guided tours to the Diamond Beach

girl standing in front of an ice berg at the Diamond beach in South Iceland

A Paradise for Nature Lovers and Photographers

The Diamond Beach makes it a perfect and favorite place for nature-lovers and it attracts the celebrated photographers from around the world. The Diamond beach is indeed a sight to behold, and is home to seals and many other wild-life animals; one can see orcas from the seashore that manages to attract the Wildlife-enthusiasts as well. The captivating sight with huge chunks of ice keeps the visitors and tourists occupied for hours. You might witness chirping seabirds that you haven’t seen before! This is a fantastic destination to visit at any time of the year. The icebergs can be seen floating and washing up to the seashore and break year-round. So, huge chunks of icebergs that are glinting against the sunlight are expected to be there every time.

You can opt for glacier lagoon tour packages when visiting the Diamond Beach that takes around all year. Enjoy and experience a different unusual phenomenon that takes place over Diamond Beach. It is the Midnight Sun that shows up more light around May and August than any other day of the year. This gets more intense around June 21, which is the longest day of the year. This could be the best time to visit and experience something phenomenal.

During the winter time, you can watch the Northern Lights dance above the diamonds at the Diamond Beach. It is a magical moment and the perfect winter night in Iceland. 

man walking on the Diamond Beach in south Iceland

How to Get There?

From Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, it will only take you 1 minutes drive to reach The Diamond Beach. It is located 370 km away from Reykjavik, which will take you around 5 hours by car and nearly 192 km away from Vik that takes around 2 hours by car.

When driving from Reykjavik, take the Route 1, the Ring Road, and continue straight. The beach is hard to miss, you can see the clear signs when you reach near the beach.

Activities in the area

icebergs and sea on the Diamond Beach in south Iceland

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon on a map

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