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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. Use our Vik trip planner to add Black Sand Beach and other attractions to your Vik vacation plans.
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  • The beach is stunning with the backdrop of basalt columns and cliffs. The waves are extremely treacherous, as is climbing the rocks. We saw one lady being carted away by paramedics with gashes in... 
    The beach is stunning with the backdrop of basalt columns and cliffs. The waves are extremely treacherous, as is climbing the rocks. We saw one lady being carted away by paramedics with gashes in...  more »
  • This beach is one of a kind. The waves are powerful! Be sure not to get close! Plenty of photo opportunities! Can't wait to go back! 
    This beach is one of a kind. The waves are powerful! Be sure not to get close! Plenty of photo opportunities! Can't wait to go back!  more »
  • We stayed close by at a hostel for one night and decided to check out the black sand beach after we checked out, it did not disappoint. The beach is gorgeous, lots of places for cool picture... 
    We stayed close by at a hostel for one night and decided to check out the black sand beach after we checked out, it did not disappoint. The beach is gorgeous, lots of places for cool picture...  more »
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  • Beautiful place 😍 a must if you go to Iceland. Very windy, but worth it. We went on a tour that took us to several other places. I recommend going.
  • Reyisfjara black sand beach is a famous tourist spot in the south coast of Iceland. Except the black sand, the coastal formation also impress me. To play safe, please don't stay too close to the sea due to the big wave.
  • Absolutely stunning beach! Although unfortunately a bit busy when we were there. Still a good place to hang out and relax on your journey.
  • Really large and picturesque black sand beach and sea cave with unique column features that is totally worth seeing if you're in the area. Better than Vik in my opinion because of the unique rock features, but both are worth visiting. Easily accessible of highway 1 and parking is right at the beach.
  • This beach was among my highlights of Iceland! Beautiful basalt columns - we walked along to the end of the beach and there were lots of different types of the basalt columns as they had formed which were really cool to see. The black sand is just amazing too and so different to every other beach I’ve been to!

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