Black Sand Beach
Black Sand Beach
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  • Amber B
    Wisconsin288 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Beach
    Gorgeous, almost mystical beach. Looks like something out of a fantasy novel, but it's dangerous. Waves are huge and unpredictable. Be safe and heed the warnings, especially on really windy days.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 1, 2023
  • ERFSU82
    Wellington, Florida1,224 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Scenic beach
    This is a scenic black sand beach with interesting rock formations along the coast. It’s at the end of a short dirt road that you reach by driving into the very small town of Vik. Don’t get confused - the more well known and visited Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach is just 2 miles west (although a 7 mile drive). The beach in Vik is not quite as scenic, but still worth seeing. Nearby on the main highway in Vik is a nice plaza with a grocery store, a large Ice Wear and gift store, and the Lava Cafe, which has good coffee and food.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 9, 2023
  • jgold10529
    Portland, Oregon426 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    SUPER SUPER COOL!
    This is one of the coolest things I have seen! THe combination of a fine black sand beach with a massive wall of basalt columns is something NOT to be missed. You can easily spend an hour or more walking around here and would not miss this
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 17, 2023
  • rockobello
    416 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Games of Interstellar Black Sand Beach
    So windy, so cloudy, so otherwordly. Absolutely loved this site. It feels so unreal and beautiful in a dark and scary way. It is in a league of its own. Gothic and natural yet feels like a movie set all at once.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written October 11, 2023
  • carolyng2017
    56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Treat The Beach Like A Beach And Stay Awhile
    I treated this beach as a tourist attraction (ie, the kind of place where you go and see a cool feature and move on). I should have treated it as a beach! If I were to go again, I would bring beach chairs, a beach blanket, a book, a lunch, and plan to stay for several hours. We stopped in on our way to Vik but we should have just parked it and enjoyed. The cliffs are amazing. All the tourists are near the cliffs so if you walk 100 yards west you can have a lovely beach mostly to yourself. This is weather dependent, of course.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written October 29, 2023
  • Nadina P
    New York City, New York353 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful rocks and black sand
    It was very cool to see black sand beaches and climb around on the rocks and in the caves. In June, it got nice and warm, and I ended up down to a tank top--something I didn't expect in Iceland! This is not the sort of beach where you should go in the water; I imagine it's quite cold, but it's also incredibly dangerous, and drownings here are common, particularly amongst tourists who don't abide by the signs. Everywhere you will see warnings not to turn your back to the water; this is because what is called the "sneaker wave," which creeps up and sweeps people out into the water. Please take these seriously! It is not worth a photo. Obey these rules, and you will have an incredible experience.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written November 5, 2023
  • Melissa S
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical
    Do not drive all the way out here from Reykjavík just for the beach. There are lots of waterfalls to stop off and take pictures along the way! The black sand beach and basalt cave/pillars are a must see for nature and rock lovers.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written December 24, 2023
  • Sandra
    Montreal, Canada49 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolute MUST-SEE but be CAUTIOUS
    This place is unbelievable and you MUST visit if you come to Iceland. It’s one of the most stunning places I’ve ever seen. HOWEVER they need to have staff on the beach educating/warning people because unfortunately this is also known as one of the deadliest beaches. Sneaker waves are a real danger and I confess that while there are signs everywhere, they’re too easy to miss. On the day we went it was incredibly windy so you’re not necessarily focussed on reading - which I recommend you do. DO NOT go near the water for ANY reason the risk is just not worth it. We saw people getting right up to the water and they didn’t anticipate the waves coming after a few minutes of calm. Within seconds the water was up to their knees. It does suck you into the ocean TVs I fully we didn’t see anything tragic but definitely some irresponsible people who are taking risks for a picture. The currents are strong and humans don’t stand a chance if the wrong wave hits. In the winter dress VERY warm. It’s a beautiful walk across the coast and there’s also points where you can walk up peaks to see along the east and west coasts. There’s restaurants and bathrooms easily accessible. Absolutely go. Be safe.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written February 9, 2024
  • Derrick
    Marathon, Florida155 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very cool spot to stop and take a break
    The Black Sand beach was high on the list of places to see in Iceland for us. While there are a lot of beaches that are black sand, we chose the one in Vik as it got us out of the big city and was very large so even if there were a lot of people, we would be able to enjoy it. The beach itself is huge and yes, it really is that black. The waves come in and are very strong. The locals call them sneaker waves because you think you're far enough away from the water and they come crashing in and can wash you out to sea. Lots of folks end up getting wet, falling down or even getting washed out, so please be careful and stay away from the waters edge.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 15, 2024
  • CINDYROSE720
    Denver, Colorado981 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was nice but cold!!
    2024-March. We were here as a part of our Glacier Hiking tour. This was one of the stops. There were lots of parking spaces. There were restrooms available just outside the restaurant and there was also a restroom inside the restaurant. The food was decent. They have hot cocoa! It was ok. The beach is a minute's walk from here through gravel and/or lava sand. We were told to not turn our back from the beach because the waves were very strong and inconsistent. There were 3 dead fishes on the shore. There was also a cool cave beside it. It was nice to see but it was very cold. I hope this review helped you in any way. 👍 Have a great visit!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written April 2, 2024
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Hannah’s Travel Truths
34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
very beautiful beach. DO NOT GO SWIMMING. The waves are extremely strong and have killed many tourists. The beach is a great place to go and take photos as long as you stay far away from the water.
Written April 6, 2024
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CINDYROSE720
Denver, CO981 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
2024-March.

We were here as a part of our Glacier Hiking tour. This was one of the stops.

There were lots of parking spaces.

There were restrooms available just outside the restaurant and there was also a restroom inside the restaurant.

The food was decent. They have hot cocoa! It was ok.

The beach is a minute's walk from here through gravel and/or lava sand. We were told to not turn our back from the beach because the waves were very strong and inconsistent.

There were 3 dead fishes on the shore.

There was also a cool cave beside it.

It was nice to see but it was very cold.

I hope this review helped you in any way. 👍

Have a great visit!
Written April 2, 2024
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Paul F
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Fantastic spot in the South coast of Iceland! Nature at it's best there, the view of the ocean from the beach is marvellous!
Written March 26, 2024
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Derrick
Marathon, FL155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The Black Sand beach was high on the list of places to see in Iceland for us. While there are a lot of beaches that are black sand, we chose the one in Vik as it got us out of the big city and was very large so even if there were a lot of people, we would be able to enjoy it. The beach itself is huge and yes, it really is that black. The waves come in and are very strong. The locals call them sneaker waves because you think you're far enough away from the water and they come crashing in and can wash you out to sea. Lots of folks end up getting wet, falling down or even getting washed out, so please be careful and stay away from the waters edge.
Written March 15, 2024
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Michaela
West Yorkshire, UK314 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
There's a huge car park, toilets and a restaurant. There are signs up to pay for parking using an app. We did that just incase but saw other groups talking about not paying, not sure if there were any repercussions. There's a short walk up a hill and then down onto the beach. It was quite busy when we were there even though it was late and just getting dark. The basalt is fascinating and so beautiful. It's a great sight to see. We did come from Reykjavik to see this but there was plenty to see along the way so it was worth the long drive.
Written March 10, 2024
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Andee Chin
Singapore, Singapore215 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Very strong wind on the morning we visited, it's like you took one step yet you ended up at least 5 steps away, quite dangerous if you're too close to the water. The sand pelting your face was quite an experience too.
Written March 6, 2024
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varneykr
Hancock, NH527 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Incredible. The power of the ocean here is surreal. Combined with black sand and beautiful caves and cliffs, this is a must see in Iceland. Heed the caution of the waves. It's no joke. We saw the sneaky wave come up all the way into the parking lot. Take this seriously!
Written February 22, 2024
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Sandra
Montreal, Canada49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This place is unbelievable and you MUST visit if you come to Iceland. It’s one of the most stunning places I’ve ever seen. HOWEVER they need to have staff on the beach educating/warning people because unfortunately this is also known as one of the deadliest beaches. Sneaker waves are a real danger and I confess that while there are signs everywhere, they’re too easy to miss. On the day we went it was incredibly windy so you’re not necessarily focussed on reading - which I recommend you do. DO NOT go near the water for ANY reason the risk is just not worth it. We saw people getting right up to the water and they didn’t anticipate the waves coming after a few minutes of calm. Within seconds the water was up to their knees. It does suck you into the ocean TVs I fully we didn’t see anything tragic but definitely some irresponsible people who are taking risks for a picture. The currents are strong and humans don’t stand a chance if the wrong wave hits. In the winter dress VERY warm. It’s a beautiful walk across the coast and there’s also points where you can walk up peaks to see along the east and west coasts. There’s restaurants and bathrooms easily accessible. Absolutely go. Be safe.
Written February 9, 2024
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Melissa S
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Do not drive all the way out here from Reykjavík just for the beach. There are lots of waterfalls to stop off and take pictures along the way! The black sand beach and basalt cave/pillars are a must see for nature and rock lovers.
Written December 24, 2023
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia17,797 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
This beach is actually a small town Vik's beach. It stands just around the cape cliff stretching out to sea, which divides it from the famous Reynijsfjara beach.
You can reach it via an unpaved and bumpy road from Vik, so drive slow and carefully.
At the end is a small free parking lot and the beach is 3 min walk. The scenery is similar to Reynijsfjara with black sand and basalt blocks, but with much less visitors.
Written November 28, 2023
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