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Reynisfjara Beach, Vik

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Beach · Nature / Park
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. Plan your Reynisfjara Beach visit and explore what else you can see and do in Vik using our Vik attractions planner.
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  • One of my favourite places on the South coast. I enjoyed seeing it without all the normal tourist traffic before covid. With or without a bunch of tourists this is a great place to visit. Beautiful...  more »
  • After living in Iceland for 53 years, I FINALLY got to Reynisfjara and it was totally worth the wait. The batter between the forces of people vs ocean, the view to Dyrhólaey, the black sand and the.....  more »
  • A beautiful beach, black as the night. We were lucky with the weather and the waves. But do not underestimate the power of the sea and play with the waves... There is a reason why Icelanders call it 'Chinese take-away'!
  • It’s definitely a tourist hotspot and I’ve seen plenty of folks with this atypical photo on their desktop. But it’s still not to be missed, it’s a serene place with a dark twist of the ends of the earth and rough tides.

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