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Black Sand Beach, Vik

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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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  • The Columnar Basalt formation was fantastic! If the tide is low and the conditions safe enough, make sure to go around the formation along the shore side and see the cave. Farther down the shore... 
    The Columnar Basalt formation was fantastic! If the tide is low and the conditions safe enough, make sure to go around the formation along the shore side and see the cave. Farther down the shore...  more »
  • Great beach if you are in Vik, interesting it is black sand and was warm to the touch. Great view but lots of litter about. 
    Great beach if you are in Vik, interesting it is black sand and was warm to the touch. Great view but lots of litter about.  more »
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  • This beach was among my highlights of Iceland! Beautiful basalt columns - we walked along to the end of the beach and there were lots of different types of the basalt columns as they had formed which were really cool to see. The black sand is just amazing too and so different to every other beach I’ve been to!
  • So incredibly beautiful! I will be back here to enjoy this during the summer. Just wow. Not only were the sands pure black but the scenery was stunning. This beach is so unreal. Highly recommend it.

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