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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. Work out when and for how long to visit Black Sand Beach and other Vik attractions using our handy Vik tourist route planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Great place to spend several hours for people of all ages, walking the beach or jumping from one column to the next. Another set of Game of Thrones, Bollywood videos (e.g. Gerua) and I think also feat...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Black sand and basalt columns and large stone artifacts in the water. Looks like from another planet. You park and walk for 2 minutes to get to the beach. Extraordinary views, unique to Iceland. Prett...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Beautiful beach. The basalt columns, black sand and sound made by rolling pebbles when waves come ashore make the atmosphere here unique. Of course water is too cold for a dip. Good parking and easy a...  more »

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Where to stay in Vik

For such a compact town, Vik and its surroundings boast a surprisingly wide range of accommodations. Many hotels, guesthouses, bed and breakfasts, and private cottages sit among picturesque settings. To get in touch with nature, sleep under the stars at one of the area's large campgrounds. With on-site showers and a distance just a short walk to the town's amenities, campgrounds make an attractive and budget-friendly option here.
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