Black Sand Beach

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  • Address: Iceland, Reykjavik
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 05:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Beach, Family And Kids, Picnic Spot

Black Sand Beach - Review

Surreally perfect columnar basalts meeting the gorgeous Black sand is quite a sight on its own and along with the view of the Atlantic Ocean, the Reynisfjara Beach offers an experience of a lifetime! The beach was listed in 1991 in the ‘Top 10 non-tropical beaches to visit on the planet’ by National Geography.

Legends say that two trolls crashed a three master ship onto the land here and with the first ray of the sun at dawn, they were frozen into the current stacks seen near the beach.

The frothy white waves juxtapose beautiful with the pitch black sand and offers one of the most beautiful ‘other-worldly’ sights for visitors. The beach is perfect for photography and even though it can get quiet windy, you will love just how untouched, raw and unique it is. To make the most of your visit, plan a whole afternoon here with a hearty picnic basket. A hike around will give you some fabulous panoramic views of the beach and the ocean adorned by the abstract rock formation.

Highlights include:

  • Columnar basalt outcrop (called Gardar) known for their hexagonal shapes created by the gradual cooling of hot lava by water.
  • A shallow cave located close by with columnar basalts.
  • Seeing birds like Puffins, Guillemots and Fulmars.

Black Sand Beach Information

  • Carry food and drinking water with yourself.

How To reach Black Sand Beach by Public Transport

  • By renting a Car/ Bike

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  • Black Sand Beach Address: Iceland, Reykjavik
  • Black Sand Beach Timing: 24-hrs
  • Black Sand Beach Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Black Sand Beach(preferred time): 09:00 am - 01:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Black Sand Beach: 05:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Black Sand Beach

  • 2.54% of people who visit Reykjavik include Black Sand Beach in their plan

  • 24.78% of people start their Black Sand Beach visit around 3 PM - 4 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs 30 Minutes to see Black Sand Beach

Thursday, Friday and Sunday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Black Sand Beach

People normally club together Dyrholaey Arch and Reynisdrangar while planning their visit to Black Sand Beach.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Black Sand Beach, Reykjavik Reviews

  • Loved everything about this beach! There are gorgeous rock formations everywhere you walk, and the beach is covered in both beautiful black sand and small, very smooth pebbles. Everywhere you look is breathtaking. Only thing is of course, it's full of people, but beach has plenty of room!

  • To be honest I found more fascinating the contrast between the dark ocean and the cloudy sky than the pillars of rock itself. Walking a bit on the beach direction Western side, we managed to see also some seals playing in the water and around the rocks. Avoid this place with bad weather, due to the danger of unexpected strong waves.

  • Black sand beach was so amazing. Definitely one of the places in Iceland that you have to visit. I've never seen black sand before and the cliffs were really fun to take pictures on. It was an amazing view and the father along you walked on the beach the more you saw. We spent at least an hour on the beach than stopped into the black sand restaurant to grab a cup of coffee before hitting the road again.

  • Very pretty but can get busy with tourists which makes it hard to get good photos and truly enjoy it. Having said that though, the level of tourists hasn't runied the attraction and it is still a very nice place to visit.

  • Absolutely beautiful and awe inspiring. Be careful w not turning your back to the waves are they're dangerously strong. The spot does get super full of tourists but if you walk a bit further in any direction you can escape most of them. Really nice early in the morning.

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