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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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  • All the other reviews seem to be describing the beach/headland at Reynishverfi (located on the other side of the headland) rather than the black sand beach at Vik itself. This is an amazing beach...  more »
  • A very nice black. Sand beach with gritty sand interspersed with black volcanic pebbles. The cliffs are beautiful octagonal lava columns. A great place to enjoy the fabled black sands of Iceland...  more »
  • Out of this world. Spread out beach with no sand but black stone. Watch out for freak waves.
  • The black beach with it is black sand is a must see for tourists who visit Iceland. Perfect for a wedding photo-session.

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