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

  • 2.46% of people who visit Reykjavik include Black Sand Beach in their plan

  • 26.67% of people start their Black Sand Beach visit around 3 PM - 4 PM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs 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

  • If you want to enjoy it you should arrive early or late during touristic season. There are a lot of incredible picture opportunities, but there are always tourist climbing everywhere so you won't get anything interesting for your camera. Still, most beautifull beach in the country.

  • I loved this location! I loved the beach, the views, and the puffins! Watch out for the waves, they are VERY strong and will sneak up on you! The cliffs are amazing. I couldn't get a picture to show how big and beautiful they are. I mainly came to this location to see the puffins. I ended up having to walk further down the beach and over rocks to see them. It was a pretty amazing location! I would recommend planning some extra time here!

  • Incredible view and unforgettable experience. VERY windy, but that was consistent with the severe and beautiful landmarks on the beach. The food inside the little cafe near the beach was good too.

  • Probably the most impressive volcanic stone pillars in iceland. Very cool for taking pictures, but also overrun with tourists. If you walk a 100-200 meters more you find a wide range of different stone formations on the cliff. The beach is also great to walk on as it’s mostly made of smooth gravel, nicely rounded by waves.

  • Really cool beach, there’s a cafe there too. On a windy day the sand really hits your face which is painful but the lava formations are amazing! Never seen anything like it before and definitely worth the trip!

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