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Black Sand Beach, Vik

#1 of 9 in Beaches in Iceland
Must see · Beach · Nature / Park
Perhaps one of Europe's most untraditional beaches, Black Sand Beach is covered completely in black stones and sand. This beach it is one of the wettest places in Iceland; and its beauty ranks with exotic beaches around the world. Islands magazine has listed it as one of the top ten beautiful beaches. Large columns of black basalt line the coast, sculpted over the years. Those who are brave can be seen climbing up for a photo opportunity. You won't want to swim here, though; the absence of landmass from here to Antarctica means these waters are strong and cold. The winds from the coast are quite powerful as well, so be sure to wear extra layers. Use our Vik trip planner to add Black Sand Beach and other attractions to your Vik vacation plans.
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  • Beautiful black sandy beach that is kept very clean. Impressive view to see all the small black rocks over the entire beach. The basalt rocks have something magical to them. Very nice place and worth....  more »
  • We have visited the Vik black beach when stopping over in Vik. It is just like a ‘normal’ beach, but then the ‘sand’ is pitch-black. Not a place to spend time, but interesting to see  more »
  • Out of this world. Spread out beach with no sand but black stone. Watch out for freak waves.
  • The black beach with it is black sand is a must see for tourists who visit Iceland. Perfect for a wedding photo-session.

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