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The Diamond Beach

The Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon black sand beach

The Diamond Beach

Right next to the famous Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon you will find a black volcanic sand beach where icebergs from the lagoon drift ashore and create the most magical setting. The blue, black, transparent and white icebergs sit on the beach and slowly melt and you can walk amongst them, see through many of them and play around them. Prepare to be amazed.

The icebergs originate at the glacier, Breidamerkurjokull, an outlet from Europe’s largest ice cap Vatnajokull and therefore is the beach called Breidamerkursandur in Icelandic (sandur means sand). Actually, most Icelanders aren’t familiar with the name the Diamond Beach as it is very recent and solely used in English. The word Demantaströnd as it would translate to in Icelandic is unheard off.

One of the most unique things about the beach is that it never ever looks the same. Even if you just visited the day before the beach will have changed completely and the natural ice sculptures, the icebergs, will have reformed, melted away and new ones appeared.  Many of the icebergs are over 1,000 years old and have made their way through the grand lagoon first as enormous ice blocks and now smaller bergs enjoying their last moments until their join with the Atlantic ocean. The icebergs glisten on the beach giving it the name Diamond beach and in recent years this has become a popular proposal spot, getting a diamond on the Diamond beach!

The Diamond beach is a very important breeding ground for many of Iceland’s most well-known birds including the Arctic Tern and the Great Skua and is a National conservation area.

In the summertime, the Diamond beach can be visited in one day out from Reykjavík but due to very limited daylight in wintertime, a minimum 2-day tour is adviced. We offer a wide range of tours taking you to the Diamond beach and this is truly one of the top 10 things you must see when visiting Iceland.

Where is the Diamond Beach located?

The Diamond beach is about 372 km and the drive from Reykjavik (without a stop) is about 5 hours. It is located in the municipality of Hornafjordur fjord and sits right outside the Vatnajokull national park although not a part of it.

It is located only a few minutes away from Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon parking lot and simply can’t be missed whilst visiting. Just be careful when crossing road 1 to get over from the lagoon, cars often drive pretty fast there.

How to get to the Diamond Beach?

Getting to the Diamon Beach is an easy thing. You can join a tour, catch a local bus, or rent a car the only trouble is time as it is located about 5 hours away from Reykjavík and 6 hours away from Keflavík international airport. If you wish to visit the place we recommend to do it in at least two days, spending the night over there or joining a tour where a driver will take care of the long ride.

The Diamond beach is righ off Road 1 so finding is the least of your worries. Just get yourself onto Road 1 and keep on going, it’s hard to miss!

What not to do at the Diamond Beach?

Litter! The Black sand shows all littering very well, this is a clean place and we shouldn’t make the ocean do our tidy work. Help us keep it clean!

Walk into the waves! The ocean might seem harmless and the beach wide enough for you to be able to get away easily but once they gain strength even the best swimmer doesn’t stand a chance.

Skip taking photos! This is a memory you want to lot.

Skip the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. It’s only across the street. You have to do both, it’s a two-in-one!

Filming at the Diamond Beach, Hollywood Films, Music Videos, and Commercials

Music Videos:

Gerua – Shah Rukh Khan (2015) Love is in the air once more as the eternal romantic couple Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol make a comeback with Dilwale, the most awaited film of 2015. The music video is filmed in a few locations in Iceland including the Diamond Beach which plays a big role in the video.

Justin Bieber – I’ll Show You (2015) at the end of the video Justin is seen walking around on the beach before going into the freezing Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.


Kate Hudson starred in a commercial for the cosmetic company La Mer filmed the Diamond beach where Kate is seen wandering around the glistening icebergs.