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Reynisfjara Beach, Vik

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Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful black-sand beaches in the world, Reynisfjara Beach frames the amazing landscape notable for the basalt sea stacks called Gardar. Legend has it that these rock formations are two petrified trolls, turned to stone after an unsuccessful attempt to pull a ship out of the sea. The sky over the sea can turn from dark and cloudy to sunny in a matter of minutes. Watch out for strong and unpredictable waves--the beach has seen some fatal accidents. Put Reynisfjara Beach into our Vik trip itinerary builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • August 17, 2017
    I would agree to those that say this is a must-see destination in Iceland. An impressive black beach, the basalt columns, the "frozen" trolls. As the wind was strong and the waves were quite big that ...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    This beach is located very close to the small town of Vik, in the southern part of Iceland. Its sands are black and features a number of curiosities like 3 rocks located in the sea, A beautiful Cave of basalt, and clumps of basaltic rocks of hexagonal form. Next to it there are beautiful grassy slopes and adorned with beautiful purple flowers. The reflux of the sea is very rough, which is why there are chains bordering the locations for the displacement of visitors
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  • August 16, 2017
    Definitely crowded but gorgeous beach and breathtaking views. Some crazy tourists scaling the rock walls. You can see some puffins here too.  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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