Directions to Jökulsárlón and Diamond Beach
11 km farther along Route 1, you’ll pass the largest glacier lake in Iceland: jökulsárlón. It’s situated along the ring road.
Photo by: Moyan Brenn
Jökulsárlón emerged in the years 1934-1935, and it continues to expand. It initially had a surface area of 7.9 square kilometres, but now it is at least 23 square kilometres. The lake is 250 metres deep in some places and is thus the deepest lake in the country.
The Jökulsárlón glacial lake is separated by a very narrow strip of land from the Atlantic Ocean. The Jökulsá á Breiðamerkursandi River carries the melted water and ice chunks off to the Atlantic.
Diamond beach can be found at the Jökulsárlón lagoon, on the right before the bridge at Jökulsárlón, between the ring road and the ocean. The beach is strewn with huge blocks of ice. They are from the melting glaciers, and after passing through Jökulsárlón they end up on the beach.
The ice chunks have a whitish-blue colour and take on all possible forms. It’s as if the black sand is filled with glittering diamonds, big and small.
There is a parking lot south of Route 1. Caution: do not be surprised by the icy water when you walk on the beach.