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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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  • We visited this beach on route around the south coast of Iceland. Great size car park with a cafe. The beach is very long but most people stay close to the car park end. Once on the black pebble... 
    We visited this beach on route around the south coast of Iceland. Great size car park with a cafe. The beach is very long but most people stay close to the car park end. Once on the black pebble...  more »
  • Beautiful place and views. Very special with the black sand and birds flying around the cliff. Vores from the church is also worth seeing 
    Beautiful place and views. Very special with the black sand and birds flying around the cliff. Vores from the church is also worth seeing  more »
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  • 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.
  • Absolutely stunning! Beautiful place with a little cave. Be careful of the waves as these can come very sudden and very far out! Can recommend adding this stop to your List!

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