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Black Sand Beach, Vik
(4.8/5 based on 1,800+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Black Sand Beach is a must if you are in the Vik area. It's about a 15-20 minute drive from Vik. We did not spend too much time on the beach as the winds were crisp and the weather was cold. From the ...  more »
  • The black sand beach took my breathe away. Simply beautiful and truly a lifetime experience. Black Sand as fine as salt. Black Lava rocks (stones) smooth and as black as coal. These r the rocks used f...  more »
  • Do not miss the Black Sand Beach. So unique and really beautiful. This beach is easy to get to and not something you want to miss.