Reynisfjara Beach
Reynisfjara Beach
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This stunning black sand beach along the South Coast of Iceland is located beside the small fishing village of Vik i Myrdal. It's known for its dramatic natural landscapes: hexagonal basalt columns, the Halsanefshellir Sea Cave, and large rock formations that rise out of the sea. But be careful when visiting though—the spot is prone to sneaker waves that can crash ashore unexpectedly. Try to keep a safe distance of at least 100 feet from the shoreline, and avoid turning your back towards the waves. This spot is often included as a stop on a full-day tour of the South Coast. – Tripadvisor
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  • The adventures of an English Rose
    Leamington Spa, United Kingdom28 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    Couple with a young child. We went on an organised tour, as we researched the area. Which is unsafe and should not be visited unless.with an experienced company. The sand is black and warm, our child stayed toward to.top away from the shoreline and.played with the sand. Very picturesque.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 May 2023
  • EC13091
    Ellicott City, Maryland1,248 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go in good weather. Not worth it if it’s foggy.
    We went twice, and we’re so glad we did. We arrived first on a rainy afternoon and could see some of the beauty but could not even make out the beautiful stone buttes. After checking into our hotel in Vik, we saw the sun peeking out and hopped back in the car to return. We were pleased we did. Not only was the weather better but as it was later there were fewer people around. We loved dodging the sneaker waves (danger rating yellow on the day we visited) but just reveled in the beauty of the place.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 May 2023
  • 1957
    Ottawa, Canada702 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent Balt columns!
    Part of our organized tour, we saw this stunning black sand beach in the the south coast of Iceland. The small fishing village of Vik is beside it. Unfortunately the fishing industry is not active as it once was. The dramatic landscape, the hexagonal basalt columns were magnificent to see. There is a cave called Halsanefshellir but we did not visit .
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 June 2023
  • ERFSU82
    Wellington, Florida1,224 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth seeing
    This is a very scenic black sand beach with unique rock formations in the cliff. It’s a short drive off the main highway about 2 miles west of Vik. There’s a nice cafe next to the parking lot with good food, drinks, and seating. There are signs warning about “sneaker waves” so be careful and don’t get too close to the water.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 June 2023
  • Destination789167
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Visit to The Black Beach
    The beach was stunning, very windy but a highlight of our trip. We were careful not to get too close to the water as there were multiple warnings about sneaker waves. My husband, adult son and my two sisters all enjoyed this one of a kind beach experience.
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 June 2023
  • blackeberg
    815 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome but respect the warning signs
    We went in the middle of the evening after seeing a forecast for severe gales the day that we had planned to go. I imagine that you'd get good photos at most times but the evening sun definitely helped in our case. We'd seen the warnings about sneaker waves in advance and the coloured picture warning boards looked clear enough to us. It didn't stop one large family group taking pictures with their backs to the waves and letting their toddler paddle. Luckily they only got wet shoes.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Tony B
    Los Angeles, California702 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Goth beach 2023
    A dramatic, gothically romantic seascape that can call up interest for anyone interested in geology, volcanism, puffins, or just pretty views that surprise the senses. It’s important to be careful of the times of course, though I would have preferred to stay longer, maybe walk further along the beach and climb. Maybe that’s the real measure: this was a place so interesting that I just can’t imagine not going back for more!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 July 2023
  • HROxon
    Oxford, United Kingdom834 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    15 minutes
    15 minute stop - car park payment via Parka App. Very busy. Expansive black sand beach and basalt columns. Done but not sure I’d go again.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Amy H
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive stone formations!
    Gorgeous! Our favorite spot in Vik. Black sand beaches and beautiful stone formations. Crowds, but doesn’t feel that way in the immense space. Walk away from the parking area to truly enjoy the natural beauty.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 August 2023
  • Tom J
    London, United Kingdom1,622 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Iconic Black Sand Beach…and Puffins!
    We visited Reynisfjara in the second week of august on a gloriously sunny morning. The tide was out and the vibes were high. We were able to see into the cave just around the corner and see the incredible rock formations alongside the basalt columns. Being able to lay on the sand and look up at the rocks almost falling at you is quite an impressive sight. It was when looking up as well that we realised the wild Atlantic puffins were nesting above us! We spent a good twenty to thirty minutes watching them coming and going from the cliffs to the sea to fish. Whilst we were present there was an amber warning light to indicate where people should avoid but sadly tourists were not paying any attention to it - it is not surprising there are so many incidents here. A great place to experience nature but respect it and also the advise of the safety information!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 August 2023
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Lesley C
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
Absolutely beautiful, the sea stacks and crashing waves were amazing, highly recommend, one of the best beaches I have visited.
Written 22 February 2024
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sabrinak136
New Orleans, LA709 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Family
When one thinks of the beach our thinking normally is synonymous with beach chairs, swimwear, and beach towels. However, a visit to Reynisfjara Beach will be an experience quite different from a normal beach day but one that is extremely memorable. Reynisfjara Beach is located on the South Coast of Iceland in the town of Vik approximately two and a half hours from downtown Reykjavik.
The first rule for visiting Reynisfjara Beach is to remember that there are rules that must be followed due to the sneaker waves which have such magnitude that an individual can be easily swept out into the ocean. It is often said to never turn your back on Reynisfjara Beach and to keep a safe distance of 100 feet. There is also a warning system that is the color of a traffic light to remind tourists to exercise caution at all times. Reynisfjara Beach is a site to behold and I can understand why it was featured in a Season of Game of Thrones. The basalt columns are amazing to behold. Iceland is the land of fire and ice and these columns allow one to see firsthand volcanic rock that is formed from the solidification of molten lava.
It is said that basalt is resistant to erosion and weathering. Many people come to this beach to take photographs of the amazing basalt columns and to observe in awe the work of Mother Nature. Visiting Reynisfjara Beach was one amazing moment; however, one must remember that safety is paramount so be careful because the waters along Reynisfjara Beach have the potential to be unpredictable, dangerous, and powerful. Proceed with caution!
Written 18 February 2024
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tw__100043323
Dallas, TX163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Family
My visit to Reynisfjara Beach in June was magical, thanks to the near 24-hour daylight of Icelandic summer. The dramatic black sands and towering Reynisdrangar sea stacks added to the beach's otherworldly charm. The extended daylight allowed for more time to enjoy the beautiful scenery and watch the native seabirds, including the adorable puffins. While the beach was busy, it still offered moments of tranquility. Respecting the beach's powerful nature and adhering to safety guidelines was crucial, but it didn't diminish the awe-inspiring experience. Overall, Reynisfjara in June was a breathtaking and unforgettable experience
Written 11 January 2024
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Guitarjess
Ankeny, IA697 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Cold & windy day but beautiful! LOTS of tourists and most of them stayed back from the big waves. A few times people had to run for it. A few tips-parking is tight and not free. Find the sign to pay for it. Dress warm! It is cold & windy!
To future tourists-please don’t sit each of your children on the basalt columns and take 15 min photo shoots of each kid when people are waiting for pictures as well. Be polite!
Written 29 December 2023
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia17,760 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
I rarely use "must see" in my reviews, but Reynisfjara is that for sure.
It's located in the middle of the southern Iceland coast, almost at the most southern tip. You can easily reach it by paved road at which end is a paying big parking lot.
Have in mind it's one of the most tourist places on entire island so expect huge crowds.
The beach is just amazing, no wonder it's voted one of the worldwide top ten.
And, I say that after visiting it on the worst day we had in Iceland.
It was raining all day, clouds to ground with very strong winds putting black sand into our faces and clothes and roaring crushing big waves. But, that also left a deep impression of mother nature power. So, no matter how's the weather do come here and visit. Just follow the rules many others pointed out in terms of approaching the sea and dangerous sneaker waves.
I can only imagine (and see from pics of other travelers how it's on a sunny day).
Reynisfjara is one of reasons we'll be back in Iceland, hopefully in better weather.
Written 28 November 2023
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Bandit-One
Lucerne, Switzerland7,838 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
No trip to Iceland is complete without visiting Reynisfjara beach. The Black Sand Beach. At least for first-timers.
It's a very long stretch of sand. Black in colour because of the volcanic stone/soil. There are also amazing cliffs and stacks/rock formations in the sea.
On the east end you'll find the carpark, the visitor center and all the facilities. Parking comes with a fee, the beach is free to enter. Many folks just rush to the stacks, cliffs and cave. But take your time if possible. Take in the breathtaking scenery. Take a walk towards the west. As far as you like. You could actually walk all the way to the Dyrhólaey útsýnisstaður (the arch). We walked about 45min to the west. Just met two more visitors. It's peaceful and quiet. Most visitors won't walk away further than 3min. It's really too bad, since this is a major attraction and takes time to appreciate.
It really is amazing as people say. Something you need to see. Even though busy and popular it's a must-do. And people come and go quickly, so you will get some nice pics if you're patient. If you don't need a sunny, pic-perfect day, choose a cloudy/rainy one to meet even less visitors.
Written 24 November 2023
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jojoma56
New York City, NY84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This beach is so windy! The black sand was blowing everywhere. The waves were too rough to walk around to see cave on other side. We thought we would get blown away!
Written 19 November 2023
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Michael K
London, UK532 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
A black sand beach, alas not at all suitable for bathing (the sea is too perilous). The black sand is created by the grinding of the glaciers on basalt over millennia. Apparently black is the normal colour for sand here; gold is the unusual one for an Icelander! The beach is a photogenic location, because of the impressive basalt columns that look as though medieval builders have created the entrance to a cathedral. Just out to sea are some basalt stacks – the Troll Rocks, said to be petrified trolls (a folk legend is attached to this). In summer, apparently, puffins are plentiful here, but had disappeared for the winter by the time of our visit.

Written 3 November 2023
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Be U
Bangkok, Thailand225 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
All angles could be nice pictures. Be careful while climbing those Basalt columns, they are slippery.
Written 2 November 2023
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Leza H
London, UK676 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This was definitely one of our highlights on our recent trip to Iceland. The black sand, the amazing black shallow cave, the basalt columns and jagged rocks standing in the sea…really beautiful and very dramatic. We visited around 4.30pm and there were still a lot of other visitors even in October. Free parking right next to it. Beware of the sneaker waves, they might look fun but can catch you out…you don’t want to be pulled in to the sea. Look fir the warning light system as you enter the beach. It was amber the day we visited so we didn’t walk too far down the beach. It can get very windy and cold…wear appropriate clothing.
Written 12 October 2023
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