Explore Iceland's Diamond Beach

Diamond Beach

Iceland is home to many other worldly landscapes and diamond beach was definitely one of my favorites! Walk along the famous black sand beach and watch as icebergs float out to the ocean from Jökulsárlón. 

Begin by heading south on Highway 1 from Höfn towards Jökulsárlón, the drive is around 1 hour. When you reach Jökulsárlón don't cross the bridge over the river and instead pull off on the left side of the road and follow the short dirt road down to the ocean. 

Ice from Jökulsárlón accumulates back onto the beach as the tide comes in and it creates one of the coolest scenes Iceland has to offer! Definitely a great place to take a break from driving and take a quick walk.

Pack List

  • Rain jacket
  • Warm clothes
  • DSLR camera
  • Tripod
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RT Distance 0.6 Miles
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Beach
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Scenic

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Highly Recommend, Easy Access, Quick Stop

Diamond Beach is a no-brainer. It's right off the road, has accessible parking, and is gorgeous to look at first-hand. These chunks of ice are so incredibly clear and free of air-bubbles and other dirty particles that they really do look like diamonds. Also, the river flowing out from the glacier is constantly carrying mini-icebergs out to the ocean. It's amazing to see!

Stunning

Super easy to get to and so awesome to take pictures of. I just visited in the winter after a big snow storm so there was SO much ice! It's really something to marvel at. The larger pieces are a glowy blue color.


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