Reynisdrangar

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Reynisdrangar featuring general coastal views and a sunset as well as a large group of people

Marvel at the sea stacks made from volcanic rock that jut out from the ocean. Enjoy learning the mythical tale about their resident trolls.

A folk legend surrounds the mysterious Reynisdrangar, a set of basalt ocean stacks off the southern coast of Iceland. The jagged black rocks stand in front of Black Beach under the looming Reynisfjall Mountain. It is said that the morning sun turned three trolls into stone as they vainly attempted to dock their ship. Now, see them standing in perpetuity as a scenic wonder for beachgoers.

Visit the fascinating volcanic sand of Black Beach for a close view of the rock formations in the ocean. Reynisdrangar consists of three large pointed rocks, which represent the trolls, and a smaller one behind them. Watch the white foam of the stormy ocean waves attack the columns, gradually eroding them further.

From the beach, clamber over rocks to the shadow of the giant stacks. Watch out for sliding and falling stones. Cliffs to the west of the town provide the best views from above. Capture photos of the three trolls and their little brother.

The wind is particularly strong in this part of Iceland, typically some of the country’s wettest area. Make sure to bring layers of clothing and be extra careful on the edges of the cliffs. The views of the ocean stacks beside the turbulent ocean and a black coastline are exceptionally dramatic.

Enjoy a picnic on the cliffs, but protect your food from the grasps of nesting puffins and other birds. Go beachcombing along Black Beach for shiny and crumbly volcanic rocks.

The peninsula of Dyrholaey neighbors the beach and the stacks. Admire its intriguing geological formations, such as its iconic arch. Stroll through the pleasant region to find the lighthouse.

Reynisdrangar juts into the Atlantic Ocean just to the south of Vik I Myrdal. Follow the long route that covers the southern region of the country to reach the town and make your way to Black Beach.

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Black Beach Suites
Black Beach Suites
3 out of 5
Vik I Myrdal, Vik I Myrdal, South Iceland
The price is $148 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 15
Situated in Vik I Myrdal, this beach aparthotel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Black Sand Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Reynisdrangar and Black Beach. Dyrholaey ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (361 reviews)
"Wonderful location and very cool space! Private, quiet and comfortable. Amazing view and minutes from the beach. Caught a beautiful view of the Northern Lights one night. We did not take advantage of the food / bar offered but it was nice to know it was there as an option! Super close to restaurants ..."

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

Black Beach Suites
Hótel Kría
Hótel Kría
3 out of 5
Sléttuvegur 12-14, Vik I Myrdal, South Iceland
The price is $159 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
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 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (785 reviews)
"Very nice hotel room in a terrific location. My only reservation was about the quality of the breakfast, which was more youth hostel than a match for a hotel of this standard. Staff were great."

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2021

Hótel Kría
Hotel Vík í Mýrdal
Hotel Vík í Mýrdal
3.5 out of 5
Klettsvegur 1-3, Vik I Myrdal
The price is $185 per night from Nov 10 to Nov 10
Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps from Black Sand Beach, Black Beach, and Dyrholaey. Reynisdrangar is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) away.
4.6/5 Wonderful! (207 reviews)
"Very friendly staff. Great restaurant although breakfast attendants seemed to disappear when the coffee ran out."

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2021

Hotel Vík í Mýrdal
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The Barn
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2 out of 5
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3 out of 5
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The price is $125 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 22
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2.5 out of 5
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The price is $135 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 22
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