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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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  • The black beach is cool, and yes, very black. But there are loads of black landscapes in the area - rivers, dunes, beaches and so on. Check it out or head further east to glaciers and diamond beach an...  more »
  • Amazing place, beautiful black sand/pebbles. The rock formations of the basalt columns are fascinating and the waves crashing on the beach are breath taking. Well worth the visit. It did get busy with...  more »
  • Striking and geologically interesting definitely worth the visit. Busy with hundreds of tourists though. Check out the warning signs, keep an eye out for "sneaky waves"...