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Black Beach

Vacation Travel Guide
Black Beach featuring mist or fog and a sunset as well as a small group of people

Stroll along the black sand past jagged rock formations and cliffs in the wettest part of the country.

Black Beach is a rare and magnificent shore consisting of dark basalt sand. Walking along such a moody coastline is a remarkable experience, a stark contrast to traditional golden beaches. Apart from the color, the area is known for its pointed rocks jutting out from the sea and for being the wettest part of the country. Enjoy this unusual setting for a memorable vacation.

Spot the intriguing rock formations, known as Reynisdrangar, that seem to rise from the ocean. These jagged stacks forming dark silhouettes against the sunny blue sky have become icons of the beach.

Climb to the top of the surrounding cliffs for excellent views of these rocks and the beach. Nesting puffins and other birds make their homes in these precipices. Enjoy a picnic with a backdrop of the sea. The white foamy waves crashing on a black beach provide extraordinary photo opportunities.

Pick up crumbling lava rocks in your hand and imagine their journey here from the crater of a volcano. Collect shiny black stones of various shapes and sizes.

Discover the monument on the beach dedicated to those lost at sea. The area’s wet weather often serves to increase the dramatic environment of this dark region. Enjoy the ferocious sound of the waves landing on the shore. The water here is not always safe for swimming so check and adhere to current advisories.

Visit the site in the evening to avoid the crowds and see the sky turn red at sunset. Bring extra layers of clothing to withstand the strong, cold winds.

Make your way west to the neighboring black sand of Reynisfjara and its otherworldly basalt columns. Inspect its caves and clamber over the black rocks.

Black Beach is part of the commune of Vik I Myrdal in southern Iceland. Reach the town and its beach via the main route that stretches across the country’s southern region. A parking lot with ample spaces is behind the beach.

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Puffin Hotel Vík
Puffin Hotel Vík
3 out of 5
Víkurbraut 26, Vik I Myrdal
The price is $200 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Situated in Vik I Myrdal, this golf hotel is steps from Black Sand Beach, Black Beach, and Reynisdrangar. Dyrholaey is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) away.
4.4/5Excellent! (79 reviews)
"There are no elevators and bathrooms are quite small but it is in a great location."

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2021

Puffin Hotel Vík
Hótel Kría
Hótel Kría
3 out of 5
Sléttuvegur 12-14, Vik I Myrdal, South Iceland
The price is $273 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Located in the heart of Vik I Myrdal, this golf hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Black Beach and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Reynisdrangar. Black Sand Beach and Dyrholaey ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (744 reviews)
"Ok hotel"

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Hótel Kría
Hotel Vík í Mýrdal
Hotel Vík í Mýrdal
3.5 out of 5
2 Klettsvegur, Vik I Myrdal
The price is $251 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps from Black Sand Beach, Black Beach, and Reynisdrangar. Dyrholaey is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) away.
4.6/5Wonderful! (132 reviews)
"Very good location. Nice hotel. The restaurant was very good."

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

Hotel Vík í Mýrdal
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