Black Sand Beach

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Black Sand Beach
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Tourist1Am
1 contribution
May 2022 • Couples
The cliffs here are simply stunning. Loads of bird life and the black sand is stunning. The place was very busy though when we went at 4pm, so might be better to go at a quieter time.
I recommend taking binoculars to anywhere in Iceland , but here especially. Even a cheap pair will get you closer to the rock stacks and to see the birds nesting high up in the rocks. From Skewers to Puffins and Artic Turns, there is plenty to see.
The rock formations are simply fantastic, the way they wrap around the edge of the beach creates a fabulous atmosphere.
The beach is definitely a no go for any sort of swimming.
Written May 28, 2022
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totomai martinez
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates270 contributions
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
Flintshire, UK706 contributions
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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Yvette F
Buckingham, UK240 contributions
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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Alexandra S
Romania9 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
It was a great experience to visit this beach in december, yet get this sunny-summer vibe once the clouds spread.
🌥🌤☀️

If you are in Iceland even for a short while, this place should be included on the short “must see” locations because it is one of a kind.

The guide will tell you to pay attention at all times to the waves and keep a safe distance.

Make sure to also try the local black burger (veggie options available) 🙂
Written February 6, 2022
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Michael D
60 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
We visited this beach on route around the south coast of Iceland. Great size car park with a cafe. The beach is very long but most people stay close to the car park end. Once on the black pebble beach you are met with a large basalt cave etched out of the cliffs. As you walk along the there are more caves, large boulders and columns rising out of the sea. The white waves crashing on the the black sand is beautiful. Just be careful of the sneaker waves. Would definitely recommend a visit
Written April 25, 2022
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iydkmigthtky
New York City, NY94 contributions
Sep 2021
I have been to Iceland many times and always made it a point to spend time here on the beach. There is just something about it that is so interesting and intriguing to me. The sky always looks so cool especially toward sunset and dusk in the summer when it doesn't get completely dark. I suggest a stop here if you are in south Iceland!
Written April 15, 2022
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hocunecu
Toronto167 contributions
Nov 2019
Simply amazing! Stunning nature and totally worth the stop and walk. Again, we did this as part of Southshore tour and I didn't like being rushed. Rent a car and do it your way. You need at least 30-45 min on the beach and the restaurant near the beach offers a nice lunch break too. The rocks are amazing and it does feel that some other creatures has created them - can't be that sand, water and sun could have done it!
Written January 8, 2020
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dvanorder2
5 contributions
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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Brian T
London, UK5,502 contributions
Aug 2021
These comments relate to the the beautiful black beach right in Vík í Mýrdal, rather than the popular black sand beach of Reynisfjara Beach, which is a little further afield and not as easily as accessible.

Vik’s black beach is a beautiful spot. The sand is volcanic, pulverised lava. From the car park behind the small shopping mall, you’ll see a path which leads you down to stretch of black beach. It’s clearly signed. You can walk quite a distance along the black sand to the east. The silver-lined waves of the Atlantic Ocean wash across the volcanic black sand with tremendous power, so take care as you are walking. From this beach you will also spot the basalt sea stacks called Reynisdrangar just off the eastern shore. Legend has it that the sea stacks used to be trolls. They were pulling their ships to shore when they accidentally got caught in the light of dawn and turned into stone.

I don’t think you can walk to f Reynisfjara Beach directly from the beach at Vik. It’s accessible by Road 215 off Route 1 to the west of Vik.

It’s an extraordinary sight and a stop you should make time for if you are in, or passing through, Vik.
Written October 3, 2021
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