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“Reynisfjara Beach”
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Black Sand Beach
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Vik
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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.

Date of experience: July 2012
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

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

Date of experience: July 2012
Thank Natalia M
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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!

Date of experience: February 2013
Thank sarana919
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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!

Thank Zahid K
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

We visited here as part of a mini bus tour and I am glad we did as the weather was dreadful on the day we went and the waves were huge.
I had been standing not that far away from the waters edge when the tour guide came and asked me to move further away as sometimes a huge wave would run up and take you by surprise.
I was fortunate not to get caught by any of these huge waves running up the beach but there were a couple of other tourists there who got soaked past their knees.
The scenery here though is stunning...even on a wet and windy day! and the photo opportunities are endless

Date of experience: January 2013
1  Thank scottishlassGills
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