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Black Sand Beach

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Address: Vikurbraut, Vik, Iceland
Phone Number: 5712718
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Beautiful, picturesque beach with crashing waves

We all enjoyed our tour of the south coast if Iceland. One of our favorite stops was Black Sand Beach. Even in the freezing cold, everyone had fun finding the place to take the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Layne O
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We all enjoyed our tour of the south coast if Iceland. One of our favorite stops was Black Sand Beach. Even in the freezing cold, everyone had fun finding the place to take the best picture. Reminded me of the black sands in Hawaii -- only with snow and ice.

Thank Layne O
Atlanta, Georgia
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8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a wonderful black sand/pebble beach. It's great to walk on and extremely picturesque. The basalt columns were really neat, although they had a bunch of people on them, so it was tough to get a picture when we went. I'm sure it's easier depending on what time of the year you go. One of my favorite parts of... More 

Thank forgottenglory
The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

On our way to the Glacier we had our lunchstop here at black beach. Our tourguide warned us at least 3x times to be very careful near the sea and to never stand with your back to the sea. I thought she was overreacting a bit, but upon arrival I understood her warnings. Is was bad weather with stormy winds... More 

1 Thank Andreajaja
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a fantastic attraction, but beware, there is a vicious undertow. A Japanese girl was so intent on taking a selfie that she was very nearly washed out. We had a very strong offshore wind so the enormous waves were having their tops whipped off.

Thank BartieAveyron
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I've never seen anything like it! Be careful when getting close to the water because the waves come up fast out of nowhere! My husband got his whole legs wet taking pictures. The water is freezing and swells are insane! But the beauty is unbelievable.

Thank Sonja J
Fort Worth, Texas
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must if you are in Iceland. It is really unique and beautiful. The contrast of the black beach against the white snow and white crashing waves was really moving. I have never seen a place so void of color be so spectacularly beautiful. The sea is violent and dark in this area. You won't see anything like... More 

1 Thank ftworth11
Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Black Sand Beach was absolutely gorgeous. The lead up from the dark rocks of all shapes and sizes giving way to the smooth black sand was beautiful. The waves are ferocious; I took several videos to record the sounds and sights of the waves crashing against the sand. There is a small cave that you can get a good look... More 

Thank Tierra J
Detroit, Michigan
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Endless black sand beaches, it was pretty amazing to experience. The rock formations on the side of the mountain were so neat. Be careful of wind though. When we stopped it was incredibly windy and black sand was getting whipped into our faces. We came in the winter on our honeymoon and had rented a car. I opted out of... More 

1 Thank Matthew S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the beach at the end of December with the Atlantic waves pounding the black volcanic beach. It was really exciting and atmospheric experience. The basalt columns, a bit like the Giant's Causeway in Ireland are spectacular as is an enormous sea cave. Top Tip: The beach is famous for freak waves that just come higher and higher up... More 

1 Thank twotravellersLondon
United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this place. We visited on a very wet and windy day but it just made it all the more dramatic- giant waves crashing against the black shore and the cave is beautiful. definitely worth a trip

Thank Dawn K

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