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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TripHobo Highlights for Black Sand Beach

  • 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

  • 1.06% of people who visit Reykjavik include Black Sand Beach in their plan

  • 41.38% of people start their Black Sand Beach visit around 5 PM - 6 PM

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

Thursday, Saturday 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

Black Sand Beach Trips

Black Sand Beach, Reykjavik Reviews

  • One of the most unique spots in Iceland. The waves are so calming and relaxing. I suggest going in early morning to avoid the crowd and enjoy some peaceful time. Also if you are going in summer time then you are in luck, because there is a lot of puffins on the clips so make sure to bring in your zoom lens if you want some nice pictures.

  • Loved it! The geology of the cliff is offering great photo opportunities. The basalt columns (created when lava flows cooled down) are just so beautiful. The beach itself is covered in shiny black sand which makes it very special !

  • Magnificent. The black sand is simply surreal. Together with the cliffs and the puffins around... BREATHTAKING. Even in the cold weather this place is perfect to stop and rest from the "tour rush" in Iceland. The cliffs are perfect for group pictures and the brave ones could try going up several "steps" for the best photo. If you want you can plan to be here at sunset...the view is a must see!!!

  • This beach is unlike any other I've been to,.. but no good for building sand castles! It starts off with black pebbles and then turns to black sand.. its really cool! The cliffs had really interesting rock formations too if you walk east along the beach. There is a nearby cafe where you can get a warm cuppa to heat you back up after!

  • Definitely cool to see. Very close to the parking lot, the parking lot was pretty full but people come and go quick. They had a restaurant and bathroom there as well.

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