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Black Sand Beach

Address: Vikurbraut, Vik, Iceland
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Staten Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

The black sand beach is actually large obsidian rocks that get smaller and smaller as you get closer to the shore line until it eventually becomes ash. It's incredible. The cliff side look like it was sculpted by Giants and the puzzle stacks (5 formations in the water) are an added bonus. This was by far my favorite part of... More 

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Boom, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

We were blown onto the beach by a ice cold wind. But what a sight. The stormy sea smashing into the black sandy beach. Everybody was trying to hide close to the basaltic rocks. We had to fight against the wind to get back to the bus. An amazing breathtaking trip

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I have been to the black lava or black sand beach of Vik twice. My first visit was back in July 2013 when there were additional visitors, Altantic puffins, who would used up your memory in the Sd card easily provided yo have a strong zoom with your camera. This second visit a few days ago poved even more windy... More 

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Marseille, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Beautiful and extremely dangerous beach. You can see the volcano, the glaciers, the basalt columns, the arch, and the best sunset ever! Now they even have a cafe with hot soup and great desserts and bathrooms. Remember everything is expensive so bring enough ISK!

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La Jolla, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

It was cold, windy and overcast yet a dramatic scene not to be missed. The waves were crashing with white surf, beautiful against the black sand. Don't skip it

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Wow! We saw it all the way from Vik to Hofn! We got out at sparse Vik and got a front row view of the beach. There is nothing at Vik tho!!

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Pottstown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The black sand beach is pretty awesome though it looks more like very very small pebbles rather than sand. The stacks and the views were worth the visit though it was very windy when we were there. The restaurant there was great.

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Dorset
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

We went here during part of a south shore adventure with Reykjavik excursions. The weather was pretty extreme, very windy with numerous snowy blasts and in between the odd drop of sun. The sea was also very angry, huge waves were coming in, which actually was quite dangerous for one or two who were getting too close to the water... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The black sand beaches are beautiful. It seems this is a place for photographers as there was no less than 15 out there braving the sleet and at times painful little hail. Once we got back to the hotel we looked at our own photos taken with a decent camera and love the contrast between the jet black sand and... More 

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Annandale, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We stopped here on a trip with Extreme Iceland to Jokulsarlon for just maybe a half hour or so? Could've spent more than that, if the weather was good (snowy, windy and cold that day). BUT the black and the white contrast was lovely. There's a lot to like here- the sand on the beach has a lot of texture,... More 

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