Posted by: Debra Kolkka | June 12, 2017

Diamonds are forever

The diamond in your ring might be forever but the gems on Diamond Beach in Iceland are fleeting.

The ice diamonds on the black beach are chunks of ice that float down from nearby Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, part of Vatnajokull glacier national park. ( Are you getting your head around the names?) The ice comes from Breidamerkurjokull glacier. Huge blocks of ice, more than 1,000 years old break away from the glacier and float into the lagoon, then out to sea.

The lagoon is littered with enormous bits of glacier.

If the day had been clear we may have taken to the water in a boat, but it was raining and windy so we passed on that.

Ice diamonds are washed onto the black beach where the sparkling blue, white and transparent ice chunks form gorgeous sculptures. Some are made smooth by the ocean waves and some are rough diamonds. Strolling through a field of diamonds is a delight.

As with many things in Iceland, you will not be alone for the Diamond beach experience. Don’t be put off by that, wandering among diamond ice is magical.

Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon is in South Iceland beside ring-road 1. It is a must see in Iceland.



  1. Absolutely beautiful …….paul has always wanted to visit there and after seeing your photos I might jump on his wagon……

    • Iceland is spectacular! I recommend a visit soon.

  2. The contrast between the black volcanic beach and those incredibly beautiful ice chunks is superb! Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

    • Photos don’t do this justice unfortunately. A bit more sunshine would have helped the ice to sparkle a bit more. You really do need to be there to appreciate the amazing spectacle.

  3. Was Just amazing well worth the trip.

    • Iceland is fabulous…I’m glad we came.

  4. We never made it that far round when we went but will definitely go there when we go back next year (couldn’t stay away any longer). Some really lovely pics there too. Really nice post πŸ‘πŸ»

    • Iceland is fabulous. It deserves a repeat visit.

  5. Your photos are fabulous, and it looks spectacular. Lucky you getting to see them.

    • My son visited a few years ago and took some great photos on a sunny autumn day.

  6. I imagine one could spend hours looking into those beautiful diamonds and i imagine, too, that they are changing almost imperceptibly all the time. What stories they could tell.

    • Talking ice…what a good idea.

  7. Looks fabulous. You’re putting spellcheck to the test with those Icelandic names!

    • I can’t even think about pronouncing the names.

  8. Hehe Icelandic names are almost as long as some Finnish ones!

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  10. What an amazing landscape.. it looks other worldly..I guess you are having a super time despite the cold!! Jxx

    • It is late spring and not too cold. The breeze can be a bit cool.

  11. Mother Nature never fails to amaze. Truly spectacular.

  12. Blue ice like that is awesome … I’ve only seen it in Alaska, so I have much more to see.

  13. I’m enjoying revisiting Iceland with you.

    • There will be more posts to come later when I get home and work through all the photos.

  14. Such beautiful photographs you have certainly captured the beauty of this country.

    • Iceland is stunning. We really enjoyed our visit.

  15. Awesome photos……..and incredible scenery !

    • It is a stunning place.

  16. Extraordinary

  17. Hi
    Nice post! I’ve made a post about ice so if you have time and will please go and check it out! If you like it pls follow me, I follow you.
    Thank you! πŸ™‚

  18. I love your title! After reading your post, the ice looks like diamond! I also want to go Iceland.

    • Iceland is fabulous, you will love it.

  19. Wow..! Beautiful photographs. Iceland’s natural beauty is beyond words. I am planning a diamond beach Iceland tour with my wife next month.

    • Diamond Beach is amazing. There won’t be much sun in Iceland next month. My son went in November and loved it despite the very short days.

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