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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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  • We really liked it here. We were staying about an 1.5 hours away, but glad we made the trip. It was a very cool beach and like nothing I’d ever seen, so we thought it was worth it. There weren’t a....  more »
  • These comments relate to the the beautiful black beach right in Vík í Mýrdal, rather than the popular black sand beach of Reynisfjara Beach, which is a little further afield and not as easily as...  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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