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.
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