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Black Sand Beach

Vikurbraut, Vik 870, Iceland
+354 571 2718
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“basalt columns” (263 reviews)
“black sand” (486 reviews)
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Vikurbraut, Vik 870, Iceland
+354 571 2718
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Reviewed 13 July 2017

Hi again Folks. That black sand is purely volcanic. You remember the Volcano that shut down all air traffic in Europe a few years back, well, this is about 20 km from it. Regards, OldeBear

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Reviewed 13 July 2017

Lots of people die here. All the notices say so. Just don't turn your back on the ocean or the "Sneaker Waves" will get you. Once past all that, this a great place to visit. Basalt columns, caves and black volcanic sand, crashing waves, a...More

Thank Gordon L
Reviewed 13 July 2017

At one end of the beach you have this magnificent basalt rock formation and the other view is the eroded rocks and arches out in the sea. Good stop after visiting the ice lakes.

Thank 5travel17
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

We stayed right near here and I loved it. Unlike anything I have ever seen before. Even though it was raining I still loved it (but got wet)

Thank Mfmvandriel
Reviewed 13 July 2017

This popular location is a must see when in the area. While black beaches are common in Iceland the basalt columns twisting and turning in the cliffs are not. The only downside is the vast numbers of tourists arriving by car and coach although it...More

Thank GKTravellers
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

If you are visiting Iceland, you have to visit the black sand beach. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in Iceland with black rock and sand and there power of ocean attracts many photographers from around the world. But be careful...the waves are...More

Thank Maddalena R
Reviewed 12 July 2017

The black sand beach and basalt columns were definitely worth the visit. My husband and I went late June in the early-mid afternoon, so it was quite busy. My suggestion if you want great photos, go early morning and late evening. My guess is there...More

Thank Emma S
Reviewed 11 July 2017

This place is one of the main tourist attractions in Iceland, a must stop lust before Vik when heading East from Reykjavik. I would recommend to budget half a day for this place and make a stop on both sides of the lagoon - see...More

Thank Alexandre A
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

We got here first thing in the morning (6:30) and we're the only ones there. Incredibly serene and the sand/black pebbles of the beach did not disappoint. Had breakfast on the beach- great place for a picnic and a quiet stroll.

Thank CarolynStraveler
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

This was the most breathtaking place I have been in my life, so far. The black sands, the pillars, the columns, just everything was amazing. Its hard to put into words how beautiful this place is. It was very cold there when we went in...More

Thank Tamara S
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16 June 2017|
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Response from Sunny E | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure it really will be a problem if you don't go too far near the water (and really there is much more to see directly at the cliffs.) After a quick google search I found a forecast (just google 'tide times vík', I... More
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20 March 2017|
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Response from Simon P | Reviewed this property |
We were there in early September 2016 and seeing the northern lights was a bit 'hit and miss'. In the end we were lucky. I see that another contributor has suggested using Google maps to measure distance. That's a good idea... More
2 February 2017|
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Response from Sana S | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Yes a small car would be ok. The roads are very good and easy to drive. You wont have any problems. There is a parking area on the beach, you need to park your car there and then walk to the beach which is about 2... More