Diamond Beach in Iceland

Welcome to the Diamond Beach in Iceland

Would you like to visit a black sand beach with huge diamonds? Well, we are so lucky to have one like that in Iceland, it is like standing in the middle of an adventure or another planet! This awesome place is in Glacier Adventure backyard, it does only take about 10 minutes to drive from Hali, our meeting point to the Diamond beach at Glacier Lagoon, Jökulsárlón.

This is a must-do in southeast Iceland!

The beach next to the lagoon has black sand and is called the Diamond beach or more precisely, Breiðamerkursandur. It takes only 10 minutes to drive from our meeting point at Hali to the Diamond beach. Actually, the real name of the Dimond Beach is Eystri-Fellsfjara at Breiðarmerkursandur and the name of the glacier where all the diamonds or actually the icebergs are calving from is Breiðarmerkurjökull. Somehow, it is quite difficult for tourists to remember or pronounce all those Icelandic names so now you can find the Diamond beach on google, and some Icelanders are not proud of this name- giving and are more into real Icelandic names.  We do though fully understand this and this beach does look like a beach with lot of a diamonds.

The beach is just a couple of minute’s walk from the parking. It´s also in walking distance for Jökulsárlón parking, just make sure to be extra careful when you cross the Road nr 1 by food.

Jökulsá river on is only 500 m long but very powerful. It´s one of the shortest rivers in Iceland. Chunks of ice regularly float in the river into the open sea and get washed onto the Diamond beach.


According to google map, the drive from Reykavík to Jökulsárlón takes 4h and 35m or 372 km. Please note that it will most likely take longer especially during the wintertime so we recommend that you stay close to Hali for at least one night if you are going to the Diamond Beach and taking a tour with Glacier Adventure.

The beach is often full of glistering diamonds, it´s a great spot for photographers and everyone that is interested in seeing one of the most beautiful spots on earth, yes it is true! You can easily forget your self, taking pictures and enjoy this amazing scenery and the sound of the waves.
It´s highly recommended to be well dressed, it can get very cold by the ocean even during summertime.

This is also a perfect place to visit if you are going for aurora hunting, the northern lights are often dancing in the sky from October-March and this is the perfect background. You are so lucky if you are going to visit us at Glacier Adventure, this awesome place with the Diamond beach and the floating icebergs at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is just a free bonus, there is no entry fee and you can stay there all day long walking, enjoying and taking pictures in this another world!

Glacier Lagoon and the Diamond beach are in the Vatnajökull National Park and on the 5th of July 2019, the park was a part of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Diamond beach photos were taken by Ladislav Skala @buttinthenature