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Black Sand Beach

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Address: Vikurbraut, Vik 870, Iceland
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Unusual Natural Beauty

The Black Sand Beach of VIK. It inspires its name. A natural beauty to be seen. The wind gust was in the 50 to 60 mph range when we visited. The waves were crashing the shore... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Columbia, South Carolina
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Surrey, Canada
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117 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Honestly you can skip this, nothing there beside black sand. Sand is very deep very difficult to walk

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Columbia, South Carolina
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Black Sand Beach of VIK. It inspires its name. A natural beauty to be seen. The wind gust was in the 50 to 60 mph range when we visited. The waves were crashing the shore line. The sand was swirling. The fog made you think a Viking ship could arrive any minute. Your imagination could put you into a... More 

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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I was really surprised to see this totally black expanse of sand. The vastness of the black amphitheater structure was an unexpected surprise. Spectacular lava rock cliffs. Memorable!!

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Madera, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The black sand and towering bassalt columns against the blue ocean waves and white clouds is a colorful view I will never forget. Iceland is a fascinating place, and well worth the visit. One should take at least 14 days and drive the entire island.

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Thank corkyg02
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed visiting this beach. It was a bit of a miserable day, but the unpredictable nature of the ocean and the colour of the sand made it a breathtaking view. And as my husband and I love outdoor activities we enjoyed seeing the uncontrollable nature of the ocean. Do heed all the warnings and don't get close to the... More 

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Thank HannahArgaet
Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Game of Throwns filmed here... the views are spectacular, the blank sand beach amazing and the lava rock cliffs are to die for!!

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Unfortunately we weren't in a spot to see the cool rock wall but what we did see was nice. It was after we had hiked and viewed several other places so we didn't have it in us to try and explore. We parked at the designated spot and saw an overview of the beach and some sections are roped off... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Its a bit of a drive down a long road to find this beach- there is a satisfactory restaurant right on the beach which serves a good fish stew and has hot chocolate. But the reason you come here is the black sand- pebbles of all sizes which are mesmerizing to play with- try to find the rare red or... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Black Sand Beach is well worth the drive down the coast of southern Iceland, about 2.5 hours from Reykjavik. The beach is wild and pristine, the sand truly black. We went during a massive storm so the beach was mostly empty, the wind blowing so hard the waves were kept back and sand scoured everything in its path. Great place... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Our accommodations were right near the beach so it made this beach extra beautiful. There was a wind storm that closed down the highway, so the wind storm was serious and dangerous (especially for cars). But watching this beach during the storm was beautiful. One of our best experiences that we had in Iceland.

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