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“Just like the postcards!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Black Sand Beach

Black Sand Beach
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$189.25*
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Private Glacier Lagoon Day Trip from Reykjavik
Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Vik
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“Just like the postcards!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2013

I had seen pictures of this beach and couldn't visit Iceland without seeing it! Despite a long drive and a little trouble finding it (stop at the very friendly Visitors' Center in "downtown" Vik and get a map and directions if you have time, but it's basically the turn BEFORE the big headland and the road down into Vik if you're coming from Reykjavik). I wasn't disappointed! The beach is beautiful, the basalt cliffs just like the pictures, and the sound of the water hitting the rocks on the beach is magical. All that, and lots of birds too! I was traveling with my mobility-limited mother who couldn't make it as far as the cliffs but the views even from the parking lot are spectacular. One tip: make sure you visit the arched rock at the other end of the beach (accessible down another road just a few miles up from where you turn in for this one), really the bookends of a magnificent spot!

Visited June 2013
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“Unbelievable amazing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

I am so glad I got to see this beautiful beach! My friends and family can't believe my pictures. Even on a cloudy day it was beautiful and worth the visit. It was also our fist view of the Puffins!

Visited June 2013
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“Unique and beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2013

Don't miss the lava sand beaches near the quaint little town Vik in south Iceland. Getting there is easy, a short walk leads you there, and the views are extraordinary: The beach itself, with its dark black lava sand, never saw such deep black sands, the tall basalt cliffs with the honeycomb-like columns, and the two big rocks emerging from the sea near the beach. Tips: (A) bring warm clothes, especially in winter. (B) Wear good hiking boots if you intend to climb the columns, even by little. (C) Carefully read the plaques posted there, for an important piece of information.

Visited May 2013
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“Superjeep trip well worth it!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2013

We thought this could be quite boring, but in the end it was great fun! The trip in the super jeep was quite and adventure and we saw things that we would never have seen under our own steam. Our guide was very knowledgeable and made the trip interesting.

Visited May 2013
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“Cold windy, covered in snow”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2013

And all the more dramatic for it. we visited between christmas 2012 and new year. We stayed in Vik at the hostel which we must add is excellent. If its too misty, as we found it...just wait half an hour...it all literally blew through and revealed a really great spectacle of snow sand and sea (as you can see in our pic)
a wonderful if chilly walk...wrap up!

Visited December 2012
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