Drive from hotel
The Diamond Beach is located only a few minutes away from the Glacier
lagoon and is not to be missed. Icebergs from the lagoon drift ashore on
this black sand beach, making for a captivating sight. You can walk
between the icebergs, which glitter and glisten in the sun as they
FAQ about the Diamond Beach Breiðamerkursandur
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The glistening icebergs that float down to the beach from the glacier lagoon do in some ways resemble diamonds. The official name of the beach is Breiðamerkursandur however in recent years Diamond beach has become more known.
On geological scale Iceland is a young country, our beaches are made from eroded volcanic material, such as basalt rock, lava and other dark-colored minerals.
It is not common to swim in Icelandic beaches. In recent years ocean swimming has become more popular, it is not safe to swim in all waters around Iceland so please check with reception which beaches are safe.
You can book a tour that will take you to the Diamond beach, please check with reception which tours are available.
There are no real diamonds in Iceland. The icebergs that we refer to as “diamonds” are 1000 year old icebergs that calved off Breiðamerkurjökull glacier.
Distances: The Diamond Beach Breiðamerkursandur
It takes approximately 3 hrs. and 20 min to drive from Hotel Rangá to the Diamond beach.
It takes approximately 2 hrs. and 20 min to drive from Vík to the Diamond beach.
It takes approximately 1 hr. to drive from Höfn to the Diamond Beach.
It takes approximately 4 hrs. 40 min to drive from Reykjavík to the Diamond Beach.
It takes approximately 2 hrs. 30 min to drive from the DC3 plane wreck to the Diamond Beach.
It takes approximately 2 hrs. and 30 min to drive from Reynisfjara Black Sand beach to the Diamond Beach.
It takes 5 min to drive from the Glacier Lagoon to the Diamond Beach.