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Vikurbraut, Vik 870, Iceland
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To think of a beach where you can't go in the water, even in summer time....well..this is it. People don't go here for the waves, but to admire the spectacular view of a truly black sand paradise. Take amazing pictures and make sure to cover...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank ReadExploreRepeat
Reviewed yesterday

The black beach is worth the trip to see. It is very unusual. The town of Vik which is next to the beach was, however, quite disappointing. Other than the famous church situated above the town there was little else there.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank GRJ_11
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Thought we better make a visit as we were passing it’s just a beach with black sand and a few rocks sticking out of the ocean waves can catch you out so be aware of them Nice landscape but nothing special 😊

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 70tracyr
Reviewed 4 days ago

When we went it was a terribly windy day. Made for some awesome, crashing, wild waves. That being said, it was just as interesting to people watch as they ventured too close to the water & had to run when big waves came in. There’s...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank GlennaBeck
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Unusual looking beach with the black sand due to all the volcanoes, with the waves crashing into beach being white it’s a wonderfull site. Also great coastal views to add to the beach experience. Worth a walk along.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jason S
Reviewed 1 week ago

amazing sight with the shades of grey and black with the volcanic rocks and crashing blue waves. saw some seals in the water and it is extremely windy and rough seas in winter. must stop!

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Unique. Anthracite-colored sand and snow white waves. We have seen a number of dark volcanic sand beaches around the globe but none ofD them brings the colors to such extreme. Oreo-feeling. Take your time and walk along the water edge. Time needed: ca 1h. Do...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ashevc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This beach is a lovely place to see. We hired a car so decided to stop off here on one of our day trips. The only thing I would say is make sure you bring a packed lunch of some sort as we stopped in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank 622jennah
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We lived this area but not the number of people who were here. The cave was very interesting as well as the column like rock formations which were part of it. The black sand glistened. The waves crashed on shore. There were two rock formations...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank kristinak27
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really loved the place with the black sand. Even the rain did not mess up the pleasure. Spend quite a while there.

Date of experience: December 2018
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November 1, 2018|
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Response from Leo P | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is. Plan to dress warmly and use windproof/waterproof clothing. It will be very windy with the wind coming off the water. There is a great little eatery there to warm up in.
October 3, 2018|
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Response from David N | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but beach is quite open, so if windy may not be that pleasant. There is a good cafe there to retreat into though. when you say other spots, presumably these are the well known waterfalls not that far away. These you can... More
July 24, 2018|
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Response from Luvdssrt | Reviewed this property |
The drive from the main road isn’t long at all, great for family however stay far away from the water!