Black Sand Beach
Black Sand Beach
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  • Amber B
    Wisconsin288 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Beach
    Gorgeous, almost mystical beach. Looks like something out of a fantasy novel, but it's dangerous. Waves are huge and unpredictable. Be safe and heed the warnings, especially on really windy days.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 1, 2023
  • ERFSU82
    Wellington, Florida1,224 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Scenic beach
    This is a scenic black sand beach with interesting rock formations along the coast. It’s at the end of a short dirt road that you reach by driving into the very small town of Vik. Don’t get confused - the more well known and visited Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach is just 2 miles west (although a 7 mile drive). The beach in Vik is not quite as scenic, but still worth seeing. Nearby on the main highway in Vik is a nice plaza with a grocery store, a large Ice Wear and gift store, and the Lava Cafe, which has good coffee and food.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 9, 2023
  • jgold10529
    Portland, Oregon426 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    SUPER SUPER COOL!
    This is one of the coolest things I have seen! THe combination of a fine black sand beach with a massive wall of basalt columns is something NOT to be missed. You can easily spend an hour or more walking around here and would not miss this
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 17, 2023
  • rockobello
    416 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Games of Interstellar Black Sand Beach
    So windy, so cloudy, so otherwordly. Absolutely loved this site. It feels so unreal and beautiful in a dark and scary way. It is in a league of its own. Gothic and natural yet feels like a movie set all at once.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 11, 2023
  • carolyng2017
    56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Treat The Beach Like A Beach And Stay Awhile
    I treated this beach as a tourist attraction (ie, the kind of place where you go and see a cool feature and move on). I should have treated it as a beach! If I were to go again, I would bring beach chairs, a beach blanket, a book, a lunch, and plan to stay for several hours. We stopped in on our way to Vik but we should have just parked it and enjoyed. The cliffs are amazing. All the tourists are near the cliffs so if you walk 100 yards west you can have a lovely beach mostly to yourself. This is weather dependent, of course.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 29, 2023
  • Nadina P
    New York City, New York353 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful rocks and black sand
    It was very cool to see black sand beaches and climb around on the rocks and in the caves. In June, it got nice and warm, and I ended up down to a tank top--something I didn't expect in Iceland! This is not the sort of beach where you should go in the water; I imagine it's quite cold, but it's also incredibly dangerous, and drownings here are common, particularly amongst tourists who don't abide by the signs. Everywhere you will see warnings not to turn your back to the water; this is because what is called the "sneaker wave," which creeps up and sweeps people out into the water. Please take these seriously! It is not worth a photo. Obey these rules, and you will have an incredible experience.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 5, 2023
  • Melissa S
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical
    Do not drive all the way out here from Reykjavík just for the beach. There are lots of waterfalls to stop off and take pictures along the way! The black sand beach and basalt cave/pillars are a must see for nature and rock lovers.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 24, 2023
  • Sandra
    Montreal, Canada49 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolute MUST-SEE but be CAUTIOUS
    This place is unbelievable and you MUST visit if you come to Iceland. It’s one of the most stunning places I’ve ever seen. HOWEVER they need to have staff on the beach educating/warning people because unfortunately this is also known as one of the deadliest beaches. Sneaker waves are a real danger and I confess that while there are signs everywhere, they’re too easy to miss. On the day we went it was incredibly windy so you’re not necessarily focussed on reading - which I recommend you do. DO NOT go near the water for ANY reason the risk is just not worth it. We saw people getting right up to the water and they didn’t anticipate the waves coming after a few minutes of calm. Within seconds the water was up to their knees. It does suck you into the ocean TVs I fully we didn’t see anything tragic but definitely some irresponsible people who are taking risks for a picture. The currents are strong and humans don’t stand a chance if the wrong wave hits. In the winter dress VERY warm. It’s a beautiful walk across the coast and there’s also points where you can walk up peaks to see along the east and west coasts. There’s restaurants and bathrooms easily accessible. Absolutely go. Be safe.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 9, 2024
  • Derrick
    Marathon, Florida155 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very cool spot to stop and take a break
    The Black Sand beach was high on the list of places to see in Iceland for us. While there are a lot of beaches that are black sand, we chose the one in Vik as it got us out of the big city and was very large so even if there were a lot of people, we would be able to enjoy it. The beach itself is huge and yes, it really is that black. The waves come in and are very strong. The locals call them sneaker waves because you think you're far enough away from the water and they come crashing in and can wash you out to sea. Lots of folks end up getting wet, falling down or even getting washed out, so please be careful and stay away from the waters edge.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 15, 2024
  • CINDYROSE720
    Denver, Colorado981 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was nice but cold!!
    2024-March. We were here as a part of our Glacier Hiking tour. This was one of the stops. There were lots of parking spaces. There were restrooms available just outside the restaurant and there was also a restroom inside the restaurant. The food was decent. They have hot cocoa! It was ok. The beach is a minute's walk from here through gravel and/or lava sand. We were told to not turn our back from the beach because the waves were very strong and inconsistent. There were 3 dead fishes on the shore. There was also a cool cave beside it. It was nice to see but it was very cold. I hope this review helped you in any way. 👍 Have a great visit!
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 2, 2024
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dvanorder2
Bedford, TX5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We arrived to angry weather. The old man in the sea was pissed. Waves crashing with scary winds in tow. Next day was calm and scenic. Black sand offset by sea foam and a snowy backdrop is something the eyes must dance upon once in your life.
Written March 11, 2020
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SWH100
Cardiff, UK1,088 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
This beach really is quite something. The black sand is so cool and the rock formations are so different and interesting. The waves are epic but really quite terrifying and I was really surprised to see how many people were much to close despite all of the warnings about how dangerous they are. At least one person dies here a year - so please listen to the warnings and enjoy from a safe distance away. Don’t be the tool trying to get that picture. There is also a really nice cafe here where we stopped for lunch for some chips and drinks.
Written February 20, 2023
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Dawson L
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
This is an amazing and spectacular beach. The cliffs and sea caves with their variety of basalt columns of all sizes and twists are mesmerizing. Look up Tide tables and go around low tide so that you can explore the base of the cliffs safely. And yes, it is dangerous to be near the waves. In early June 2022 another person died.
Written June 25, 2022
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totomai martinez
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates280 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Solo
Don’t let your guard down especially if you are walking along the shore, the waves can suprise you. I was soaking wet just 10 mins after I arrived. My fault though. Place is very picturesque, I recommend going early to avoid the bus tours as it could be quite busy and frustrating especially if you are into photography. A must visit.
Written January 19, 2022
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Katie P
North Wales, UK794 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Friends
The car park is free and is a very short walk to the beach. We went at about 2pm ish when the tide was out so we could see the black sand (best check the tides before you visit). It was packed with tourist. The hexagonal stone structures is a small part of the cliff structure. There is a small cave too. There were a few snow and stone tumbles from the top of the cliffs so be careful and best stay away from the cliffs because of this. The waves were big! The black sand was coarse and sparkled when the sun hit it hence its alternative name”black diamond beach” (been to the black beach’s in the canaries and that was more fine and ash like). In the distance you can see a “durdle door like” structure. We walked along the beach and sat on one of the larger rock to take in the scenery as the sun sets on the beach’s horizon.
We didn’t go in the cafe and you have to pay to use the toilets.
Written January 6, 2022
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Rozebudzz
North Carolina1,016 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Such a beautiful place. We went when it was cold and very windy but it certainly detract from us enjoying the place. The basalt columns are impressive. There are a couple of shallow caves nearby. The scenery is just beautiful, surreal and mystical even. This is so worth a visit when you come to Iceland.

Parking lot was pretty full. There’s clean toilets and a small cafe. The walk to the beach is short and relatively flat.
Written October 30, 2022
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Yvette F
Buckingham, UK246 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
Visited here in an absolute gale, so didnt stop long. There is a warning that the waves sometimes come up a lot further than you think they will and you wouldnt stand a chance if you got swept in. That said, it was an interesting beach with a cool cliff face to the left.(see pics) . There are public toilets there but you have to pay to use them. There is also a nice cafe there which served coffees, juices etc and nice food. I had the happy marriage cake there and it was really tasty. If you purchase food and drink in cafe, they have toilets that are free for patrons.
Written January 16, 2022
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Sandra
Montreal, Canada49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This place is unbelievable and you MUST visit if you come to Iceland. It’s one of the most stunning places I’ve ever seen. HOWEVER they need to have staff on the beach educating/warning people because unfortunately this is also known as one of the deadliest beaches. Sneaker waves are a real danger and I confess that while there are signs everywhere, they’re too easy to miss. On the day we went it was incredibly windy so you’re not necessarily focussed on reading - which I recommend you do. DO NOT go near the water for ANY reason the risk is just not worth it. We saw people getting right up to the water and they didn’t anticipate the waves coming after a few minutes of calm. Within seconds the water was up to their knees. It does suck you into the ocean TVs I fully we didn’t see anything tragic but definitely some irresponsible people who are taking risks for a picture. The currents are strong and humans don’t stand a chance if the wrong wave hits. In the winter dress VERY warm. It’s a beautiful walk across the coast and there’s also points where you can walk up peaks to see along the east and west coasts. There’s restaurants and bathrooms easily accessible. Absolutely go. Be safe.
Written February 9, 2024
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Indianapolis, IN66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
I had very low expectations for the black sand beach. It had been hyped up so much by those that had been there previously including my wife. It was spectacular. If not for the rain, I could have stayed for hours just to soak in the scene. First of all, it truly is black sand opposed to just small black rocks. The dramatic juxtaposition of the black cliffs facing off with the enormous crashing waves from the ocean was mesmerizing. Walk around the cliffs to find even greater views with a cave and towering pillars of black rock in the distance. It feels more like a movie set then reality. Truly a site to see in your lifetime.
Written July 28, 2022
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Dmlsun
Rockledge, FL819 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
We visited Vik in early March on a sunny, cold late afternoon. The black sand beach, washed up volcanic rock, rough ocean surf, and scenic snowy volcanos make this a beautiful stop. We loved the “feel” of Vik and would love to visit some day again.
Written March 15, 2020
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