The Beach Guide

Diamond Beach (Breiðamerkursandur / Jökulsárlón)

Diamond beach on the south coast is one of the most visited beaches in the whole of Iceland. About 6 hours from the capital Reykjavik this black sand beach sits at the mouth of the Jökulsárlón lagoon. Here huge chunks of ice gather from the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier which in turn is fed by the largest icecap in Europe - the Vatnajökull.

Whilst the Jökulsárlón lagoon is dominated by the icebergs drifting towards the coast smaller chunks are deposited on the volcanic sands at its mouth. The local name of the beach here is Breiðamerkursandur but it didn’t take long before travellers began referring to it as Diamond beach. When the sun catches the multitude of pure ice shapes that litter the beach they glisten, well, like diamonds!

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Diamond Beach Weather Info

Fri 24th
Cloudy -3°C / 27°F
Sat 25th
Snow 1°C / 34°F
Sun 26th
Light snow 0°C / 32°F
Mon 27th
Snow 0°C / 32°F
Tue 28th
Partly cloudy 0°C / 32°F
Wed 29th
Partly cloudy -6°C / 21°F

5 Day Diamond Beach UV Index

UV Index scale

A UV Index reading of 3 or more means some precautions should be taken. For more information visit our guide to the UV Index.

Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Diamond Beach tide times & sea state

  • Fri 24/01 »
    Surf report for Fri 24/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 9ft 13s  °  ° 15mph
    12:00 7ft 13s  °  ° 9mph
    18:00 5ft 12s  °  ° 16mph
    Tide times
    High 2:01am (0.84m)
    Low 7:33am (0.58m)
    High 1:02pm (0.83m)
    Low 8:07pm (0.29m)
    Daylight
    First light09:07
    Sunrise10:08
    Sunset16:24
    Dark17:25
  • Sat 25/01 »
    Surf report for Sat 25/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 12ft 8s  °  ° 40mph
    12:00 11ft 9s  °  ° 20mph
    18:00 12ft 13s  °  ° 8mph
    Tide times
    High 3:14am (0.85m)
    Low 8:51am (0.59m)
    High 2:15pm (0.82m)
    Low 9:13pm (0.29m)
    Daylight
    First light09:05
    Sunrise10:05
    Sunset16:28
    Dark17:28
  • Sun 26/01 »
    Surf report for Sun 26/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 11ft 13s  °  ° 13mph
    12:00 10ft 12s  °  ° 11mph
    18:00 14ft 13s  °  ° 35mph
    Tide times
    High 4:14am (0.87m)
    Low 9:59am (0.55m)
    High 3:29pm (0.84m)
    Low 10:12pm (0.26m)
    Daylight
    First light09:02
    Sunrise10:02
    Sunset16:31
    Dark17:31
  • Mon 27/01 »
    Surf report for Mon 27/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 10ft 13s  °  ° 8mph
    12:00 9ft 11s  °  ° 15mph
    18:00 8ft 10s  °  ° 8mph
    Tide times
    High 5:00am (0.92m)
    Low 10:51am (0.48m)
    High 4:32pm (0.89m)
    Low 11:03pm (0.23m)
    Daylight
    First light09:00
    Sunrise10:00
    Sunset16:34
    Dark17:34
  • Tue 28/01 »
    Surf report for Tue 28/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 9ft 11s  °  ° 23mph
    12:00 9ft 10s  °  ° 21mph
    18:00 9ft 8s  °  ° 27mph
    Tide times
    High 5:39am (0.97m)
    Low 11:35am (0.40m)
    High 5:26pm (0.96m)
    Low 11:49pm (0.19m)
    Daylight
    First light08:58
    Sunrise09:57
    Sunset16:37
    Dark17:36
  • Wed 29/01 »
    Surf report for Wed 29/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 8ft 9s  °  ° 23mph
    12:00 7ft 9s  °  ° 14mph
    18:00 5ft 8s  °  ° 5mph
    Tide times
    High 6:15am (1.02m)
    Low 12:17pm (0.30m)
    High 6:16pm (1.03m)
    Daylight
    First light08:56
    Sunrise09:54
    Sunset16:41
    Dark17:39

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