Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Iceland  /  South Region  /  Vik  /  Black Sand Beach

Black Sand Beach, Vik

4.8
#1 of 10 in Beaches in Iceland
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.
Create an itinerary including Black Sand Beach
map
Black Sand Beach Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
2,916 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • The black said beach is quite unique, beautiful black lava sand, monumental rocks and huge waves washing in on the beach.  more »
  • amazing black beach and rock formations! be careful of the fierce waves. would definitely recommend visiting. carpark and toilets at site  more »
  • We arrived and the weather was awful - the wind was so strong we struggled to walk through it! The sea was angry and dramatic - and really added to the atmosphere. But despite that, this place is beau...  more »

Plan your trip to Vik

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Vik

For such a compact town, Vik and its surroundings boast a surprisingly wide range of accommodations. Many hotels, guesthouses, bed and breakfasts, and private cottages sit among picturesque settings. To get in touch with nature, sleep under the stars at one of the area's large campgrounds. With on-site showers and a distance just a short walk to the town's amenities, campgrounds make an attractive and budget-friendly option here.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Vik by other users

12 days in Europe BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Reykjavik, Vik & Hella BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Iceland BY A USER FROM INDIA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Iceland BY A USER FROM MEXICO July, culture, outdoors, romantic, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, romantic, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Iceland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Iceland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Iceland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Iceland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, outdoors, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Iceland BY A USER FROM TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Iceland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Iceland BY A USER FROM POLAND March, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Vik BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans