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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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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.
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  • The Mother Nature is so powerful that is also so colorful, she leave us with most extraordinaries. Black sand is one of them so beautiful, but a bit trouble to find that is worth every second.  more »
  • This beach a must-see!! Very pretty sand, excellent to walk on, and the sand feels very soft. It's best to see this beach when the sun is out or when the sun at the horizon. This is definitely one of ...  more »
  • We had heard that we had to check out the black beaches, they are all over Iceland (we did the Ring Road drive), but this is "the" black beach. It was really cool, even on a windy/raining day, as ther...  more »