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

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.

  • Carry food and drinking water with yourself.

  • 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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  • 1.07% 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
  • Very impressive. The combination of huge waves, black volcanic sand, troll rock and hexagonal formations in the sea and a glacier on the horizon is unbeatable.

  • This is the place that is going to make me sad for leaving Iceland. It's amazing, suggestive, you feel so small compared to the beauty of the cave and the strength of erosion and the ocean.

  • So beautiful but dangerous, stay far from the water edge because it comes closer than you think and can drag people out to sea, but other wise very beautiful :)

  • Be careful of the waves! This is a beautiful place. No swimming though.

  • This black sand beach has amazing geology including basalt columns and sea stacks but beware of the deadly creeper waves.

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