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Reynisdrangar

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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Lodging Near Reynisdrangar

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Icelandair Hotel Vik $209
Icelandair Hotel Vik

Icelandair Hotel Vik

Klettsvegi 1-5, Vik I Myrdal
     
    4.3
    of 5, from 730 reviews
    3.0 out of 5.0

    Situated near the beach in Vik I Myrdal, this hotel is close to Black Beach, Reynisdrangar and Black Sand Beach. Area attractions also include Dyrholaey.

    Hótel Kría $283
    Hótel Kría

    Hótel Kría

    Sléttuvegur 12-14, Vik I Myrdal
       
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Located in the heart of Vik I Myrdal, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Black Beach and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Reynisdrangar. Black Sand Beach and Dyrholaey are also within 12 mi (20 km).

      Guesthouse Carina $205
      Guesthouse Carina

      Guesthouse Carina

      Mýrarbraut 13, Vik I Myrdal
         
        4.8
        of 5, from 4 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in Vik I Myrdal, this guesthouse is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Black Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Reynisdrangar and Black Sand Beach. Dyrholaey is 10.9 mi (17.5 km) away.

        Black Beach Suites $314
        Black Beach Suites

        Black Beach Suites

        Vik I Myrdal, Vik I Myrdal
           
          4.9
          of 5, from 28 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in Vik I Myrdal, this apartment building is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Black Sand Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Reynisdrangar and Black Beach. Dyrholaey is 9.4 mi (15.1 km) away.

          Hotel Katla - Hofdabrekka $272
          Hotel Katla - Hofdabrekka

          Hotel Katla - Hofdabrekka

          Mýrdalur, Vik I Myrdal
             
            4.1
            of 5, from 395 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in Vik I Myrdal, this hotel is close to Black Beach. Area attractions also include Reynisdrangar and Black Sand Beach.

            Farmhouse Lodge $255
            Farmhouse Lodge

            Farmhouse Lodge

            Skeiðflöt, Skeidflotur
               
              4.6
              of 5, from 56 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Skeidflotur, this lodge is within 9 mi (15 km) of Dyrholaey, Black Sand Beach, and Black Beach. Reynisdrangar and Solheimajokull are also within 12 mi (20 km).

              Hótel Dyrhólaey $243
              Hótel Dyrhólaey

              Hótel Dyrhólaey

              Brekkum, Vik I Myrdal
                 
                4.2
                of 5, from 4 reviews
                0.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Vik I Myrdal, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Dyrholaey, Black Sand Beach, and Black Beach. Reynisdrangar is 6.9 mi (11.2 km) away.

                Hotel Edda Skogar $137
                Hotel Edda Skogar

                Hotel Edda Skogar

                Hvolsvöllur, Skogar
                   
                  3.2
                  of 5, from 169 reviews
                  2.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in a rural location, this hotel is close to Skogar Open Air Museum and Skogafoss. Area attractions also include Solheimajokull and Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre.