Why do they call it Diamond Beach?
The name Diamond Beach comes from all the beautiful, melting icebergs that dot the beach. The icebergs come from the nearby Jökulsárlón which in return come from Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. The icebergs float from the lagoon via Jökulsá glacier river to the ocean but then get washed back onshore by the tides.
How old is the ice on Diamond Beach?
6 Days Around Iceland Adventure Many of the icebergs are over 1,000 years old and have made their way through the grand lagoon first as enormous ice blocks.
Are the beaches in Iceland cold?
Unlike other destinations, beaches in Iceland can get quite cold and black Iceland beaches can actually become dangerous! Certain black sand beaches in Iceland are relatively safe while others are some of the most dangerous areas in the country.
How long do you need at Diamond Beach Iceland?
This place is so spectacular and so unique in the world that you have to spend at least several hours here. Even if you don’t do a tour on the neighboring lagoon, then 2 hours is the minimum in our opinion. However, you can easily spend half a day and more here if you take Diamond Beach and the Glacier Lagoon together.
Where is Black beach Iceland?
Reynisfjara is a world-famous black-sand beach found on the South Coast of Iceland, just beside the small fishing village of Vík í Mýrdal. Visits to it are included on many South Coast Tours, including this 6-Day Summer Vacation Package.
Can you take sand from Iceland?
It’s not illegal to take black sand from Iceland’s beaches, but generally, it’s best to leave Iceland’s nature alone.
Why is Iceland beach black?
Why is the sand black? Iceland is a country full of volcanic activity, and this is the reason behind the black sand. The black sediment on Reynisfjara beach has been formed by boiling hot lava, from the currently dormant volcano, floating across the beach, then cooling and solidifying when hitting the cold water.
Are there swimmable beaches in Iceland?
Ylströndin at Nauthólsvík – The Geothermal Beach in Reykjavík. This is a man-made beach with lovely golden sand and a man-made geothermally heated lagoon, which in summer is heated to around 15° C, making this the perfect spot for sea-swimming in Iceland.
Why is Diamond Beach Black?
The Diamond Beach is one of Iceland’s many black sand beaches. The black sand is a direct result of Iceland’s volcanic landscape. The sand comes from the basalt lava found within the region.
Why does Iceland have no trees?
“The main reason is that the early settlers cut down and burned trees for cattle and charcoal production, which was a huge industry in Iceland in former times. Forests used to cover around 35% of Iceland’s land area, but due to deforestation, we ended up with less than one percent.
Can you swim in Iceland black sand beach?
Staying Safe at Black Sand Beaches in Iceland Do not swim in the water. Do not turn your back on the sea or waves. Do not let children wander the beach unsupervised. Do not climb on icebergs or mounds of ice.