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Black Sand Beach

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Address: Vikurbraut, Vik, Iceland
Phone Number: 5712718
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When visiting the Back sand beach, I didn't have much of an expectation. When I arrived, it took my breath away. The pictures do zero justice and you just have to go see for... read more

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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

When visiting the Back sand beach, I didn't have much of an expectation. When I arrived, it took my breath away. The pictures do zero justice and you just have to go see for yourself! Ensure to dress warm as it was quite chilly in the month of August when we visit. perhaps 3 layers with long pants and comfy... More 

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Pickering, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You cant visit Iceland without stopping here. Been twice and on both occasions it was windy so you have to dress for the occasion! The waves are spectacular against black sand. Take the camera but be careful of the waves.

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The actual beach itself is often composed of larger black rocks, not so much actual black sand, although there's of course some of that too. The sea stacks, or rock formations outside of the water, as well as the cliffs and hollowed out parts of the cliffs are fascinating. There are also columnar basalt, if that's not enough. The tide... More 

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Glenelg, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Definitely an unusual beach with these basalt columns. Lots of visitors take photos of family sitting on the short ones at the bottom. Signs warn of sneaker waves so keep an eye out. It's not just the beach here - the sea stacks are beautiful too. Be sure to drive around the mountain up to Vik beach (back up 215... More 

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Toledo, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Never in my life have I seen waves this amazing and big and winds so strong. Definitely a sight to see, but don't get too close to the water! It can get you!

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Youngstown, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

if you're in Iceland the black sand beach is a must see. However, dress warm! We were there in July and the winds were whipping and it was cold. This is not a sunbathing beach by any stress of the imagination.

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's the southern Iceland and it's a good stop off to walk along the beach and enjoy the rock formation.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The wind was extremely strong, but the colours and the rock-formations of the seashore were beautiful. Even if you are in a hurry, try to visit this beach for several minutes, because you will never forget these fantastic forms of nature.

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Southampton UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Get there early before the crowds arrive. It is well worth a visit as the rock formation is very unusual, but I suggest you get there early as it gets quite busy. Watch out for the waves, because I saw several people caught out.

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Woodstock, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This quick stop is an example of a place to stop where there is much to see in a small area with easy access and no cost. It would take weeks to see the same stuff somewhere else in the world. On this stop you will see: 1) Black Sand Beach 2) Natural Lava Arch/Bridge 3) Crashing Waves 4) Lava... More 

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