Where is Diamond Beach located in Iceland?

Diamond Beach is one of the most famous beaches in Iceland. The beautiful black sand beach is only a stone’s throw from Jökulsárlón ice lagoon and a place you must stop at when visiting the lake. 

The name Diamond Beach comes from all the beautiful, melting icebergs that dot the beach. The icebergs come from the nearby Jökulsárlón which in return come from Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. The icebergs float from the lagoon via Jökulsá glacier river to the ocean but then get washed back onshore by the tides.

diamond beach in Iceland

Where is Diamond Beach?

It is only about 250 metres away from Jökulsárlón ice lagoon, on the other side of the Ring Road. Jökulsárlón is about 4-5 hour drive from Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland, in Southeast Iceland. 

The beach is a part of Breiðamerkursandur, a glacier outwash plain, formed by the nearby glaciers Breiðamerkurjökull, Fjallsjökull and Hrútárjökull in the last few centuries. The clear, white and blue icebergs are brilliantly contrasted in the unique black volcanic beach.

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When to visit Diamond Beach?

Any part of the day is an excellent time to visit the beach. But being there during sunrise or sunset is exceptional. Seeing the icebergs glitter in the low-set sun is a sight you will never forget, and you will understand why the beach got its name. 

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Boat tours on Jökulsárlón

We highly recommend you visit both Diamond Beach as well as joining us for a boat ride on Jökulsárlón ice lagoon to get the full experience. Our small boat tours get you closer to the big icebergs than you would otherwise get. You can join our Adventure boat tour, or a private tour. We also have a tour specialised for photographers so you can get the best and most unique shots of the surrounding glacier and icebergs.