A black sand beach with huge chunks of glittering ice has become one of the most visited attractions in Iceland, and for good reason it looks like something out of a fantasy movie.
Diamond Beach, known as Breiðamerkursandur in Icelandic, takes its name from the pristine chunks of ice that are scattered across the black volcanic sand and glitter like giant, uncut diamonds. It is located next to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon on the south coast of Iceland, about six hours from the state capital Reykjavik. Although Diamond Beach is not part of the popular Golden Circle Tour, it has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country in recent years. If you look at photos of it, it’s easy to see why.
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Diamond Beach is located on the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, which is filled with huge pieces of ice that constantly break off from Breiðamerkurjökull, an outlet glacier from Vatnajökull, the largest ice cap in Europe. Pieces of these chunks of ice land on the black sand, creating a stunning visual effect.
The size of these “diamonds” can range from the size of a palm tree to larger than average, as can the color, which ranges from deep blue to light white, with brilliant shades of turquoise in between.
Aside from the diamond-like chunks of ice, Diamond Beach is known for never looking the same on two different days. As the ice melts and new pieces wash ashore, this place can look completely different from day to day.
In recent years, his famous nickname has made Breiðamerkursandur a very popular place for marriage proposals as well as a hotspot for Instagram influencers looking to impress their followers.
If you plan to visit Diamond Beach in winter, it is recommended to spend 2-3 days on the south coast of the country as daylight is limited and you want to enjoy the beauty of this place in ideal conditions.
More stunning beaches can be found on this nameless glass sand beach in Japan or on the breathtaking popcorn beach of Furteventura.