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Black Sand Beach, Vik

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Perhaps one of Europe's most untraditional beaches, Black Sand Beach is covered completely in black stones and sand. This beach it is one of the wettest places in Iceland; and its beauty ranks with exotic beaches around the world. Islands magazine has listed it as one of the top ten beautiful beaches. Large columns of black basalt line the coast, sculpted over the years. Those who are brave can be seen climbing up for a photo opportunity. You won't want to swim here, though; the absence of landmass from here to Antarctica means these waters are strong and cold. The winds from the coast are quite powerful as well, so be sure to wear extra layers. Use our Vik trip planner to add Black Sand Beach and other attractions to your Vik vacation plans.
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  • Very nice beach for a walk, sights are spectacular, black vulcanic sand, really something to do, when in Vik. Easily reachable by car. 
    Very nice beach for a walk, sights are spectacular, black vulcanic sand, really something to do, when in Vik. Easily reachable by car.  more »
  • We rode horses on this beach and it's absolutely beautiful!! Can be cold so definitely layer up in case it rains or is windy. 
    We rode horses on this beach and it's absolutely beautiful!! Can be cold so definitely layer up in case it rains or is windy.  more »
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  • Incredible! It's unreal! The dark sand contrasts so well with the water and the white caused by the smashing waves, it's both beautiful and brutal! The geological formations are also wonderful, it's amazing what nature can do! It's so, so pretty, you can't miss it. No drones allowed.
  • This beach was among my highlights of Iceland! Beautiful basalt columns - we walked along to the end of the beach and there were lots of different types of the basalt columns as they had formed which were really cool to see. The black sand is just amazing too and so different to every other beach I’ve been to!

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