The Diamond Beach
There’s a good reason the black sand beach of Breidamerkursandur is called The Diamond Beach. Given the diamond-like ice sculptures on the black beach, it’s a fitting name. However, to Icelanders, the real name of this area is Fellsfjara. It was only renamed in media as the Diamond Beach for marketing purposes. The beach is a strip of black sand belonging to the greater Breidamerkursandur glacial plain. It’s located at the opening of Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon on the South east Coast of Iceland and stretches approximately 18 kilometres along Iceland’s South Coast. It extends from the foot of Kviarjokull Glacier to the famed glacier lagoon Jokulsarlon, which sits at he base of Breidamerkurjokull Glacier.
The beach is one of the most unique places on Earth. Every day, it looks different than the day before. The natural ice sculptures, or icebergs, are constantly reforming, melting away and new ones appearing.
Many of the icebergs are between 400 and 800 years old. They’ve made their way through the glacier lagoon, first as enormous ice blocks that calved off of Breiðamerkurjökull. Now, 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 give it the name Diamond beach. In recent years, this has become a popular proposal spot. After all, what could be more romantic than getting engaged on Diamond beach?
The Diamond beach is a favorite spot for many photographers and tourists traveling the south and southeast coast of Iceland. The ever-changing landscape of glittering diamond-like ice bits and icebergs combined with different weather conditions each day make it a truly unique place to explore.