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Reynisfjara Beach, Vik

4.8
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Beach · Nature / Park
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Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful black-sand beaches in the world, Reynisfjara Beach frames the amazing landscape notable for the basalt sea stacks called Gardar. Legend has it that these rock formations are two petrified trolls, turned to stone after an unsuccessful attempt to pull a ship out of the sea. The sky over the sea can turn from dark and cloudy to sunny in a matter of minutes. Watch out for strong and unpredictable waves--the beach has seen some fatal accidents. Plan your Reynisfjara Beach visit and explore what else you can see and do in Vik using our Vik attractions planner.
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  • Stunning landscape that warranted two stops (late afternoon and early morning) and neither time was a disappointment 
    Stunning landscape that warranted two stops (late afternoon and early morning) and neither time was a disappointment  more »
  • Wonderful, really fantastic and beautiful. Quite some tourists but still magical views all around, really worthwile a visit. 
    Wonderful, really fantastic and beautiful. Quite some tourists but still magical views all around, really worthwile a visit.  more »
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  • Wonderful place with spectacular scenery and history of this small fishing village. The black sand beach with rock formations jutting from the ocean and the basalt columns are a site you won't experience anywhere else on this earth. The ocean is churning..beware of the "sneaker waves." The village and the mountains that surround it are well worth the visit.
  • Great site. The white waves contrasting with the black sand with stunning rock formations rising out of the sea in both directions and Basalt columns near the car park/cafe end. It's a chance to see the power of the ocean up close and at the right time of year Puffins. Sadly another tourist lost their life this week when a group were dragged out to sea. The "Sneaker" waves are not a game and periodically one will rush much further up the beach than you think. The undertow as the next one forms in a few inches of water is enough to drag even the fittest out. After that you are in a washing machine. There is plenty of parking but the toilets need sorting. They cost 200ISK which isn't the issue but the card reader is flaky and reboots every few transactions which means a few minutes delay. Queues form quickly. The cafe is an alternative but it does not open until 11.00.

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