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Black Sand Beach, Vik
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Perhaps one of Europe's most untraditional beaches, Black Sand Beach is covered completely in black stones and sand. This beach it is one of the wettest places in Iceland; and its beauty ranks with exotic beaches around the world. Islands magazine has listed it as one of the top ten beautiful beaches. Large columns of black basalt line the coast, sculpted over the years. Those who are brave can be seen climbing up for a photo opportunity. You won't want to swim here, though; the absence of landmass from here to Antarctica means these waters are strong and cold. The winds from the coast are quite powerful as well, so be sure to wear extra layers. Work out when and for how long to visit Black Sand Beach and other Vik attractions using our handy Vik tourist route planner.
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  • This was the highlight of my trip to Iceland. We stayed in Reykjavik so took us nearly 3hrs to drive there. It was an overcast day, windy and cold but this place still blew me away. Loved it, definite...  more »
  • It's an incredible experience to see a sunrise. The combination is intriguing stormy seas, birds singing, beach and stones.
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  • There are a lot of spots on the way here where you can see the black sand beaches from a far and they have great views so take your time and make the stops on the side of the road! The beach was cold ...  more »