Diamond beach in Iceland

Ice diamond at diamond beach at sunset

Cristal clear diamonds on the beach

Diamond beach is filled with crystal clear icebergs calved from Breidamerkurjokull glacier and stranded on the beach waiting for their destiny of fast melting

There is an obvious reason why the black sand beach of Breidamerkursandur would be called The Diamond Beach, given the diamond like ice sculptures on the black beach, but to Icelanders the name is not known. The real name of this area is Fellsfjara but with marketing gimmicks it has been renamed in media the Diamond beach. The beach is a strip of black sand belonging to the greater Breidamerkursandur glacial plain, located at the opening of Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon on the South east Coast of Iceland. The sand stretches approximately 18 kilometres along Iceland’s South Coast, from the foot of Kviarjokull Glacier to the famed glacier lagoon Jokulsarlon, that nests by the foot of Breidamerkurjokull Glacier.

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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 between 400 and 800 years old and have made their way through the glacier lagoon, first as enormous ice blocks that calved of Breiðamerkurjökull, and now a smaller bergs stranded on the beach have their last moments of glory before melting into the Atlantic ocean. The ice sculptures forming and shining 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 favorite spot for many photographers as well as tourist traveling the south and south east coast of Iceland. Ever changing landscape of glittering diamond like ice bits and icebergs combined with different weather conditions each day make you just want to stay there as it is ever changing painting of nature and its forces 

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.

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