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Address: Vikurbraut, Vik 870, Iceland
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Amazing Geology - keep an eye out for the sneaker waves

This seems to be a major tourist attraction, but it is still worth the visit. As you pull into the parking area, you are likely to find a fleet of tour buses. Still, the beach... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Albany, New York
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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This seems to be a major tourist attraction, but it is still worth the visit. As you pull into the parking area, you are likely to find a fleet of tour buses. Still, the beach and volcanic rock formations are truly amazing. Keep an eye on the surf line, the beach tends to have "sneaker waves" that travel well beyond... More 

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Boyertown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My mom and I visited the beach on our own. Unfortunately there were 4 huge tour buses and 2-3 dozen other vehicles parked there. Very crowded, but we were able to get good photos of the amazing columns and the waves. A tour guide for one of the buses was friendly and gave us some geological information about the site.... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We arrived at the beach in fading light, but glad we saw what we could. The column rock formations were amazing. Be careful though as the tide can catch your off guard so know when its low and high tide.

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Never seen anything quite like this, I have seen black sand before, I have seen basalt columns before, I have seen rock formations in the sea before but not all in the same place incredible. Serious word of warning keep an eye on the waves don't get too close, very dangerous sneaker waves take care.

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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Vik is a small town on the edge of a black sand beach in a Geopark which contains the Mýrdalsjökull glacier (700 km2, Iceland's fourth largest glacier). Approximately 600 metres below the ice lies the dormant subglacial volcano Katla which the Geopark is named after. Vik has no natural harbour yet historically its inhabitants were fisherman who used the sea... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The beach isn't the biggest, but to me, the rock formations are the main attraction. Warning: find out when tours run and then go whenever they are not running, otherwise this place will be PACKED.

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Caerphilly County, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was a clear but very windy day when we visited. The kids loved the contrast between the black sand and the snow. The waves were amazing but be aware of sneaker waves. Every now and then one came up really high and caught people out. Plenty left the beach with wet shoes/boots, never a good idea in 0 C... More 

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Auburn, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Was amazed at the formations, the beach, and history ! Be careful of the waves... they can come pretty close,

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Highly recommend visiting black sand beach. The black beach is unlike anything I have seen before. The was the rock had been worn in hexagonal columns is amazing. Also amazing to see where lava has cooled rapidly forming a column/spike coming out from the sea. Waves were amazing. Can really catch you out so be cautious.

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Los Gatos, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A common thread in my reviews of Iceland sights has been how stunning they are. Iceland is a land created from fire and ice. This beach is evidence of that. Black lava pebbles form the beach and the geometric basalt columns form a stunning backdrop. The surging ocean adds another element of beauty to this unusual location. No wonder the... More 

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