Reynisfjara Beach
Reynisfjara Beach
4.5
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This stunning black sand beach along the South Coast of Iceland is located beside the small fishing village of Vik i Myrdal. It's known for its dramatic natural landscapes: hexagonal basalt columns, the Halsanefshellir Sea Cave, and large rock formations that rise out of the sea. But be careful when visiting though—the spot is prone to sneaker waves that can crash ashore unexpectedly. Try to keep a safe distance of at least 100 feet from the shoreline, and avoid turning your back towards the waves. This spot is often included as a stop on a full-day tour of the South Coast. – Tripadvisor
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  • 1957
    Ottawa, Canada830 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent Balt columns!
    Part of our organized tour, we saw this stunning black sand beach in the the south coast of Iceland. The small fishing village of Vik is beside it. Unfortunately the fishing industry is not active as it once was. The dramatic landscape, the hexagonal basalt columns were magnificent to see. There is a cave called Halsanefshellir but we did not visit .
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 June 2023
  • ERFSU82
    Wellington, Florida1,373 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth seeing
    This is a very scenic black sand beach with unique rock formations in the cliff. It’s a short drive off the main highway about 2 miles west of Vik. There’s a nice cafe next to the parking lot with good food, drinks, and seating. There are signs warning about “sneaker waves” so be careful and don’t get too close to the water.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 June 2023
  • Destination789167
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Visit to The Black Beach
    The beach was stunning, very windy but a highlight of our trip. We were careful not to get too close to the water as there were multiple warnings about sneaker waves. My husband, adult son and my two sisters all enjoyed this one of a kind beach experience.
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 June 2023
  • blackeberg
    793 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome but respect the warning signs
    We went in the middle of the evening after seeing a forecast for severe gales the day that we had planned to go. I imagine that you'd get good photos at most times but the evening sun definitely helped in our case. We'd seen the warnings about sneaker waves in advance and the coloured picture warning boards looked clear enough to us. It didn't stop one large family group taking pictures with their backs to the waves and letting their toddler paddle. Luckily they only got wet shoes.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Tony B
    Los Angeles, California735 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Goth beach 2023
    A dramatic, gothically romantic seascape that can call up interest for anyone interested in geology, volcanism, puffins, or just pretty views that surprise the senses. It’s important to be careful of the times of course, though I would have preferred to stay longer, maybe walk further along the beach and climb. Maybe that’s the real measure: this was a place so interesting that I just can’t imagine not going back for more!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 July 2023
  • HROxon
    Oxford, United Kingdom877 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    15 minutes
    15 minute stop - car park payment via Parka App. Very busy. Expansive black sand beach and basalt columns. Done but not sure I’d go again.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Amy H
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive stone formations!
    Gorgeous! Our favorite spot in Vik. Black sand beaches and beautiful stone formations. Crowds, but doesn’t feel that way in the immense space. Walk away from the parking area to truly enjoy the natural beauty.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 August 2023
  • Tom J
    London, United Kingdom1,693 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Iconic Black Sand Beach…and Puffins!
    We visited Reynisfjara in the second week of august on a gloriously sunny morning. The tide was out and the vibes were high. We were able to see into the cave just around the corner and see the incredible rock formations alongside the basalt columns. Being able to lay on the sand and look up at the rocks almost falling at you is quite an impressive sight. It was when looking up as well that we realised the wild Atlantic puffins were nesting above us! We spent a good twenty to thirty minutes watching them coming and going from the cliffs to the sea to fish. Whilst we were present there was an amber warning light to indicate where people should avoid but sadly tourists were not paying any attention to it - it is not surprising there are so many incidents here. A great place to experience nature but respect it and also the advise of the safety information!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 August 2023
  • Hgtravl
    Marlton, New Jersey2,695 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning nature
    Such a magical place. Reynisfjara has been on my bucket list for years and it was so magical to finally see it in person. The beach features stunning jet black sands, moss covered cliffs, balsaalt cliffs and puffins. They have a small parking lot which was full to the max when we came. We saw puffins on the cliffs. We spent a good couple hours here just taking in the breath taking beauty. I have seen lots of nature in my life but nothing comes close to this place. Enjoy on of Earths most stunning locations and just take in the beauty of Reynisfjara beach. It will certainly take your breath away
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 September 2023
  • Avux99
    Cheshire, United Kingdom1,740 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Reynisfjara Beach
    A beach that does live up to the hype, though you may want to forget about sunbathing here. Stunning back sand, basalt columns, caves, rock formations, cliffs with Puffins dependent on the time of year and magnificent waves which you need to be very respectful of, though on the day I visited the amber light was on but plenty of people were in the amber restricted zone. So I joined them, making sure I was amongst those people who were furthest away from the waves. Any closer and you are asking for trouble.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 September 2023
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The adventures of an English Rose
Leamington Spa, UK39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Very interesting, black sand, hexagonal colums, further down are two caves to the left, the trolls rock stacks and arch stone at the far end of the beach.
We went with the south Iceland tour, well worth the money. We would return and take our time, but for the first visit great and very helpful to have safety information from the tour guide.

The waves are so strong and long, they sweep far in and have killed many people, be careful!!.
Written 3 May 2024
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Jane B
Guildford, UK434 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Still surprised how many people get far too close to the shore line despite it being known for its dangerous sneaker waves. Keep your distance and enjoy the amazing geology on show. As an aside the toilet/cafe block is a fabulous black architectual delight, so in keepign with the surroundings.
Written 10 April 2024
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SydneyPerla
Sydney632 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Yes, there are warnings. Yes, there are dangerous sneaker waves. Yes, there are even traffic lights showing the intensity of danger.
And what do a lot of tourists? They ignore it and get wer or - die in the current. So the warnings not to turn your back to the ocean is true. For the time we were there (which was about an hour so) three people got very wet, one was fully covered by the wave.
Nevertheless the beach is simply beautiful: black pebbles and a stunning stone cave. Maybe you try to avoid the tourist buses which is not easy. But even with them you can find a spot for yourself.

You need to pay a parking fee of 1000 ISK, which is about 8 Euros. There are toilets and a restaurant.

Maybe Bring some clothes in case you get wet.
Written 5 April 2024
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mohzan h
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia480 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Strong Sneaker waves also known as killer waves , capable of draging you into the deep cool sea to your death if you are too close, the sand looks beautiful n safe but deadly. The peebles are beautiful and soft & shiny with different sizes. The cliff are basalt column. There is a bar/ restaurant , check the prices before you order, a bit expensive.
Written 31 March 2024
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Amanda S
Östersund, Sweden19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
A very beautiful beach. 🖤 But It was very crowded when me and my best friend were there... but is worth a visit definitely.
Written 31 March 2024
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Ronaldhz
Amsterdam, The Netherlands3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Take care. It´s just a beach like many other beaches in Iceland. You have to pay for the car park but they don´t show that on the road to the parking. So you drive on a public road and without notice you end up on a payed parking. Payment only by internet and without invoice. Tourist trap I never will visit again. Iceland is a nice country but too many tourists and greedy icelandic companies are destroying it as a tourist destination.
Written 21 March 2024
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emwhitnall
Sydney, Australia544 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The most incredible beach! The black sand, the powerful surf and the dramatic basalt columns are truly a sight to behold. Just be sure to keep a safe distance from the water as the currents are very dangerous.
Written 21 March 2024
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Anna J
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
The staff are very nice and extremely supportive during the stay. Everything! The staff, the room, the food at the bar, the location.
Written 5 March 2024
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Lesley C
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
Absolutely beautiful, the sea stacks and crashing waves were amazing, highly recommend, one of the best beaches I have visited.
Written 22 February 2024
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sabrinak136
New Orleans, LA1,475 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
When one thinks of the beach our thinking normally is synonymous with beach chairs, swimwear, and beach towels. However, a visit to Reynisfjara Beach will be an experience quite different from a normal beach day but one that is extremely memorable. Reynisfjara Beach is located on the South Coast of Iceland in the town of Vik approximately two and a half hours from downtown Reykjavik.
The first rule for visiting Reynisfjara Beach is to remember that there are rules that must be followed due to the sneaker waves which have such magnitude that an individual can be easily swept out into the ocean. It is often said to never turn your back on Reynisfjara Beach and to keep a safe distance of 100 feet. There is also a warning system that is the color of a traffic light to remind tourists to exercise caution at all times. Reynisfjara Beach is a site to behold and I can understand why it was featured in a Season of Game of Thrones. The basalt columns are amazing to behold. Iceland is the land of fire and ice and these columns allow one to see firsthand volcanic rock that is formed from the solidification of molten lava.
It is said that basalt is resistant to erosion and weathering. Many people come to this beach to take photographs of the amazing basalt columns and to observe in awe the work of Mother Nature. Visiting Reynisfjara Beach was one amazing moment; however, one must remember that safety is paramount so be careful because the waters along Reynisfjara Beach have the potential to be unpredictable, dangerous, and powerful. Proceed with caution!
Written 18 February 2024
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