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“Reynisfjara Beach”
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“Reynisfjara Beach”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

Reynisfjara beach is a beautiful black sand beach under Reynisfjall mountain with amazing basalt columns. We visited on our South Coast Tour with Iceland Guided Tours. And of all the great things we saw on our tours in Iceland, I think this was my favorite. In addition to the gorgeous beach and mountain, there was a large colony of puffins nesting high in the cliffs. Walking down the beach, we could see these delightful birds flying about from the nests to the sea to catch some fish. About half way down the beach is a large vaulted cavern called Hálsanefeshellir. The cave is not deep, but its really beautiful surrounded by basalt. And there are several other caves along the beach here too. The beach continues down to near Reynisdrangar, the sea stacks that are easily seen from Vík. It's interesting how different they look from a different angle.

Despite the natural beauty, Reynisfjara can be dangerous. The water is extremely cold, the waves are unpredictable, and the rip currents are strong, so don't go near the water. Our tour guide told us that several people have died by getting too close to the water. When we visited, the tide was out so it was possible to walk all the way down the beach. If the tide is in, it will not be possible to go very far on the beach. When the tide comes in, it is possible to become trapped in the caves. Our tour guide also warned us that falling rocks are a hazard, particularly in the caves, so don't stop an have a picnic under there. But despite these hazards, it is definitely a spot worth visiting. Just visit when the tide is out and stay a safe distance from both the mountain and the sea.

Visited July 2012
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“Mysterious place.”
Reviewed February 28, 2013

I felt like I was experiencing something mystical. Black sand, mist, huge waves and ominous rock formations - unforgettable views!

Visited July 2012
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“Great views”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

Visited the beach during a rainy, overcast day but it was still beautiful. Didn't get close to the water, due to the warnings by our mini-bus driver. The sea stacks were in a light fog, would have been nice to seem them better, but was still an interesting location. The basalt columns and black sand beach were just beautiful.

Visited February 2013
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“Moody, mystical!”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

It was raining when we visited this black sand beach, but the sun was peeking out and we got amazing photos. Offshore lie stacks of basalt rock which according to folklore says that they are former trolls who tried to drag their boats out to sea only to be caught by the rising dawn. It was cold and windy so we didn't walk far...would have explored further had it been a nice day! This was rated one of the top 10 beaches according to Islands magazine...I wouldn't rate it top 10 but definitely one to see!

Visited February 2013
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“Out of this world!”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

How many chances can one get to see a black sand beach?! Was so awesome seeing the frothy white waves crashing along the pitch black sand of the beach. I particularly loved seeing the unique rock formations in the water, which you can see from a distance. Such an unusual and out of this world beach!

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