Home >  Iceland  >  Southern Region  >  Vik  >  

Black Sand Beach

Sandee - Black Sand Beach
©
- -
Sandee - Black Sand Beach
©
Copyright  All Rights Reserved.
Sandee - Black Sand Beach
©
Copyright  All Rights Reserved.
Sandee - Black Sand Beach
©
Copyright  All Rights Reserved.
Sandee - Black Sand Beach
©
Copyright  All Rights Reserved.
Sandee - Black Sand Beach
©
Copyright  All Rights Reserved.
Sandee - Black Sand Beach
©
Copyright  All Rights Reserved.
Sandee - Black Sand Beach
©
Copyright  All Rights Reserved.
Sandee - Black Sand Beach
©
Copyright  All Rights Reserved.
Sandee - Black Sand Beach
©
Copyright  All Rights Reserved.
Sandee - Black Sand Beach
©
Copyright  All Rights Reserved.
Sandee - Black Sand Beach
©
Copyright  All Rights Reserved.
Sandee - Black Sand Beach
©
Copyright  All Rights Reserved.
Sandee - Black Sand Beach
©
Copyright  All Rights Reserved.
Sandee - Black Sand Beach
Sandee - Black Sand Beach
Sandee - Black Sand Beach
Sandee - Black Sand Beach
Sandee - Black Sand Beach
Sandee - Black Sand Beach
Sandee - Black Sand Beach
Sandee - Black Sand Beach
Sandee - Black Sand Beach
Sandee - Black Sand Beach
Sandee - Black Sand Beach
Sandee - Black Sand Beach
Sandee - Black Sand Beach
Sandee - Black Sand Beach
Sandee - Black Sand Beach

76.9

°F

|

°C

10 Km71%8.88 m/s

12:00 AM

Icon

76.9 °F

3:00 AM

Icon

76.9 °F

6:00 AM

Icon

77.1 °F

9:00 AM

Icon

76.7 °F

12:00 PM

Icon

76.9 °F

3:00 PM

Icon

77.1 °F

6:00 PM

Icon

76.7 °F

9:00 PM

Icon

76.5 °F

12:00 AM

Icon

76.2 °F

3:00 AM

Icon

76.2 °F

6:00 AM

Icon

76.5 °F

9:00 AM

Icon

76.3 °F

12:00 PM

Icon

76.3 °F

3:00 PM

Icon

76.4 °F

6:00 PM

Icon

76.4 °F

9:00 PM

Icon

76.4 °F

12:00 AM

Icon

76.4 °F

3:00 AM

Icon

76.7 °F

6:00 AM

Icon

76.9 °F

9:00 AM

Icon

76.6 °F

12:00 PM

Icon

77.0 °F

3:00 PM

Icon

77.0 °F

6:00 PM

Icon

77.0 °F

9:00 PM

Icon

76.1 °F

12:00 AM

Icon

75.8 °F

3:00 AM

Icon

75.9 °F

6:00 AM

Icon

76.8 °F

9:00 AM

Icon

77.1 °F

12:00 PM

Icon

77.3 °F

3:00 PM

Icon

77.3 °F

6:00 PM

Icon

77.2 °F

9:00 PM

Icon

77.2 °F

12:00 AM

Icon

77.4 °F

3:00 AM

Icon

77.7 °F

6:00 AM

Icon

77.7 °F

9:00 AM

Icon

77.5 °F

12:00 PM

Icon

77.8 °F

3:00 PM

Icon

78.2 °F

6:00 PM

Icon

78.0 °F

9:00 PM

Icon

77.7 °F

Overview

Nestled near the charming village of Vík in Iceland, Black Sand Beach, officially known as Reynisfjara, is a striking natural wonder that captivates visitors with its unique dark-hued sand. Stretching over a considerable length, this beach is a must-visit for its dramatic landscapes and the activities it offers. Visitors can indulge in leisurely walks, photography, bird watching, and exploring the stunning basalt columns and sea stacks that dot the coastline. Unlike many other beaches, Black Sand Beach has few amenities, so plan your trip accordingly, although it does not have lifeguards on duty, bathroom access, or provisions for dogs. The absence of amenities such as disability access, nude sunbathing, camping, and surfing maintains the location's pristine condition, making it a purely natural and undisturbed experience for visitors.

Parking

Parking at Black Sand Beach is fairly straightforward, offering visitors free parking spaces. The parking lot, conveniently located near the beach, ensures that guests can easily access the beach without a lengthy walk. This is particularly beneficial given the beach’s popularity and the remote nature of its location. Visitors are advised to arrive early, especially during peak tourist seasons, to secure a parking spot as the lot can fill up quickly due to the high demand from tourists wanting to experience the unique beauty of the black sand and surrounding landscapes.

Fun Fact

Fun facts about Black Sand Beach abound, adding to its allure. The beach's black sand owes its color to volcanic rocks and ash, a testament to Iceland’s active volcanic nature. This area is also steeped in local folklore, including tales of trolls turned to stone, which are said to be the imposing sea stacks visible from the shore. The powerful Atlantic waves that crash onto the beach are another highlight, displaying nature's raw power, although they call for caution due to their strength and the strong currents.

Attractions

Attractions on and near Black Sand Beach extend beyond its stunning vistas. The beach itself is framed by the majestic Reynisdrangar sea stacks, believed to be trolls turned to stone, and the impressive basalt column cave, a natural formation that resembles a Gothic church organ. The nearby village of Vík, with its quaint charm and lovely church, adds a cultural element to the visit. Hiking enthusiasts can explore the surrounding cliffs and hills, offering panoramic views of the coast and the immense Atlantic Ocean.

Restaurants

For dining near Black Sand Beach, visitors have a few notable options. The village of Vík, a short drive from the beach, offers a range of cuisines. Sudur-Vik is popular for its cozy atmosphere and traditional Icelandic dishes. For those craving seafood, the Halldorskaffi offers fresh, locally sourced fish and chips among other options. Strondin Bistro and Bar is another excellent choice, with a menu that includes a variety of international and Icelandic dishes, catering to diverse palates.

Hotels

Accommodation near Black Sand Beach caters to various budgets and tastes. The Hotel Katla by Keahotels, located a few kilometers from the beach, provides cozy, modern comfort amidst stunning scenery, making it an ideal retreat after a day of exploration. For a more intimate experience, the Black Beach Suites offer luxurious self-catering units with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding landscapes. Meanwhile, the Puffin Hotel Vík is a more budget-friendly option, offering clean and comfortable rooms and a warm, inviting atmosphere for travelers.

Basic Details

IN24 / 7

INBlack

INParking Available

All Amenities at Black Sand Beach

Rentals

  • ATV

  • Access

  • Icon for Beach AmenitiesFoot Access

  • Icon for Beach AmenitiesParking - Free

  • Black Sand Beach - Beach Map

    Top Traveler Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Surf through our FAQs to help you find your perfect beach!

    Does Black Sand Beach have parking? If so, is it free or paid?

    Yes, this Beach provides free parking at the entrance, although spaces are limited. Visitors can also find street parking nearby for easy access to the beach.

    Does Black Sand Beach have lifeguards?

    No, this Beach does not have lifeguards monitoring the beach - please be careful when swimming on this beach.

    Is Black Sand Beach a family-friendly beach?

    No, this Beach is not family-friendly and does not have restrooms, lifeguards, and nearby food.

    Is Black Sand Beach good for swimming?

    No, this Beach is not generally considered a good swimming beach.

    Does Black Sand Beach have restrooms?

    No, this Beach does not have restrooms on or near the beach.

    Is Black Sand Beach a nude beach?

    No, this Beach maintains a family-friendly atmosphere and does not allow nude bathing.

    Is there food near Black Sand Beach?

    No, this Beach does not have nearby food options - please plan your beach day accordingly.

    What are the activities at Black Sand Beach?

    No, this Beach is not known for any activities in particular.

    Does Black Sand Beach have accommodations for people with disabilities?

    No, this Beach does not have accommodations for people with disabilities.

    Is Black Sand Beach a dog-friendly beach?

    No, this Beach is not dog-friendly.

    Is Black Sand Beach good for surfing?

    No, this Beach is not generally considered to be good for surfing.

    EXPERT ADVICE AND TIPS

    Beach Blogs