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Black Sand Beach

Vikurbraut, Vik 870, Iceland
+354 571 2718
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“basalt columns” (254 reviews)
“black sand” (474 reviews)
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Vikurbraut, Vik 870, Iceland
+354 571 2718
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Reviewed today

It seems a long way to go just for a black sand beach when Iceland is surrounded by black sand beaches. There is nothing particularly remarkable about this one.

Thank TempleofPeace
Reviewed yesterday

Simply a must visit if you are in the area. We visited on an overcast evening at around 10pm which made for some amazing monochromatic views. I can imagine it would be just as great to visit in different conditions too. Take your time so...More

Thank Jimbelina
Reviewed yesterday

Great beach to view various geographical features and lots of puffins. Not a sunbathing beach but good for a walk and picnic. We were warned to keep away from the sea which has dangerous currents and unpredictable waves.

Thank JLWalsh
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The photos don't do this place justice. The green hills, the basalt columns, the black sand and the crashing waves - the feeling this place gives you is special. One of my favorite spots in Iceland.

Thank Trevor B
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had a lovely lunch and then a relaxed stroll along this beautiful beach. Incredible cliff with "stepping stones" naturally carved into the cliffs. Great rock formations jetting up right offshore.

Thank jtmason
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If I could describe it in just one word it would be : STUNNING !!! This beach has something mystical about it. The whole coast was a great road trip.

Thank Hamé L
Reviewed 4 days ago

The black beach is stunning. It's a bit before Vik (when coming from the West). Words cannot do it justice. It's probably the nicest attraction in Iceland. That being said, it's quite crowded with lots of buses. If you come by car, make sure to...More

Thank PetPPP
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

These pictures are not altered to black and white. It is fog and black soft sand. The hills in the water are according to local legend Trolls that got caught out in the water when the sun came up. No walking on the rocks according...More

Thank Renee L
Reviewed 5 days ago

This black-sand back, with towering cliffs above, is simply beautiful. Some hardy souls were swimming (fighting the chilly, and wild surf) as we strolled above, elsewhere kids were finding shells and throwing rocks into the waves. Windswept, weird and wonderful.

1  Thank SvalbardGuy
Reviewed 5 days ago

We went to the black sand beach around 10pm but although it is summer in Iceland, the sun was still out. The beach is quite impressive. I have done a fair amount of travelling, but this beach and its sand it truly one of a...More

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15 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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19 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