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Black Sand Beach, Vik

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Perhaps one of Europe's most untraditional beaches, Black Sand Beach is covered completely in black stones and sand. This beach it is one of the wettest places in Iceland; and its beauty ranks with exotic beaches around the world. Islands magazine has listed it as one of the top ten beautiful beaches. Large columns of black basalt line the coast, sculpted over the years. Those who are brave can be seen climbing up for a photo opportunity. You won't want to swim here, though; the absence of landmass from here to Antarctica means these waters are strong and cold. The winds from the coast are quite powerful as well, so be sure to wear extra layers. Use our Vik trip planner to add Black Sand Beach and other attractions to your Vik vacation plans.
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  • beautiful and well worth the 2 1/2 hour drive from Reykjavik. Check the weather before you go. It can be very different. 
    beautiful and well worth the 2 1/2 hour drive from Reykjavik. Check the weather before you go. It can be very different.  more »
  • Not as good as Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, but pleasant enough to walk and hang out if you are waiting for a tour or something else to happen in Vik. There area a couple of rustic tables with... 
    Not as good as Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, but pleasant enough to walk and hang out if you are waiting for a tour or something else to happen in Vik. There area a couple of rustic tables with...  more »
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  • This beach was among my highlights of Iceland! Beautiful basalt columns - we walked along to the end of the beach and there were lots of different types of the basalt columns as they had formed which were really cool to see. The black sand is just amazing too and so different to every other beach I’ve been to!
  • So incredibly beautiful! I will be back here to enjoy this during the summer. Just wow. Not only were the sands pure black but the scenery was stunning. This beach is so unreal. Highly recommend it.

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