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Reynisfjara Beach, Vik

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Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful black-sand beaches in the world, Reynisfjara Beach frames the amazing landscape notable for the basalt sea stacks called Gardar. Legend has it that these rock formations are two petrified trolls, turned to stone after an unsuccessful attempt to pull a ship out of the sea. The sky over the sea can turn from dark and cloudy to sunny in a matter of minutes. Watch out for strong and unpredictable waves--the beach has seen some fatal accidents. Plan your Reynisfjara Beach visit and explore what else you can see and do in Vik using our Vik attractions planner.
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  • Stunning landscape that warranted two stops (late afternoon and early morning) and neither time was a disappointment 
    Stunning landscape that warranted two stops (late afternoon and early morning) and neither time was a disappointment  more »
  • Wonderful, really fantastic and beautiful. Quite some tourists but still magical views all around, really worthwile a visit. 
    Wonderful, really fantastic and beautiful. Quite some tourists but still magical views all around, really worthwile a visit.  more »
  • The hexagonal columns were a sight to behold, as was the dark sand (it is finer and blacker in other places, e.g. on the beach in Vik!) and the hexagon-patterned cave. Beware of waves that can rush... 
    The hexagonal columns were a sight to behold, as was the dark sand (it is finer and blacker in other places, e.g. on the beach in Vik!) and the hexagon-patterned cave. Beware of waves that can rush...  more »
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  • Wonderful place with spectacular scenery and history of this small fishing village. The black sand beach with rock formations jutting from the ocean and the basalt columns are a site you won't experience anywhere else on this earth. The ocean is churning..beware of the "sneaker waves." The village and the mountains that surround it are well worth the visit.
  • Great site. The white waves contrasting with the black sand with stunning rock formations rising out of the sea in both directions and Basalt columns near the car park/cafe end. It's a chance to see the power of the ocean up close and at the right time of year Puffins. Sadly another tourist lost their life this week when a group were dragged out to sea. The "Sneaker" waves are not a game and periodically one will rush much further up the beach than you think. The undertow as the next one forms in a few inches of water is enough to drag even the fittest out. After that you are in a washing machine. There is plenty of parking but the toilets need sorting. They cost 200ISK which isn't the issue but the card reader is flaky and reboots every few transactions which means a few minutes delay. Queues form quickly. The cafe is an alternative but it does not open until 11.00.
  • Wow, what an Incredible beach to visit. If you love your beaches as well as visually stunning scenery, then come visit Black Sand Beach. Black sand, obviously! But incredible clifffaces, basalt rock stacks and large shapely rock formations in the sea. So basically a visual feast for the eyes and for you enjoy taking photographs 📷 What you must take notice of, is the danger that this beach poses. There are super strong rip currents and tides with sneaker waves that sweep people away if they are not vigilant and standing too close to the sea. Do your homework and look into the dangers and read the signs as you enter the beach. A stunning piece of coastline and a beautiful spot to visit and explore safely 🌊
  • Amazing and breathtaking place to see in Iceland. Besides the black sand, you’ll see the rocks that the water carved out that look amazing and powerful. Be cautious when approaching the water, the waves can really surprise and could be too strong.
  • This is one of the most iconic spots in Iceland so I'd say it's a must see! It does get very crowded so I'd recommend coming really early in the morning or later in the evening for a chance to have a more private experience. Even when there are lots of people, it seemed like most of them would get their photos with the basalt columns and then leave or walk further down the beach, so if you're patient, you can get good photos either way. The waves here are really dangerous so you should be very careful of the tide if you walk along the beach, but it really is such a cool and fascinating place! It was pretty rainy when we were here but it kinda fit the Iceland vibe we had expected so it didn't ruin things for us. There's a parking lot with plenty of space with a small restaurant and bathrooms right there. You do have to pay to use the bathrooms though, just a heads up if you're traveling from somewhere where you're not used to that. I'm a destination elopement photographer and this is one of the top places people elope in Iceland - below are some photos that I took here.

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