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Reynisfjara

The Black Sand Beach

Reynisfjara beach is most famous as the black sand beach on the South coast of Iceland. Its black sand, massive waves, and Reynisdrangar by its side makes it a truly unique place.

Reynisfjara Black sand beach

Reynisfjara Beach is the most famous black sanded beach in Iceland. This is a place of wild and dramatic beauty where the roaring waves of the Atlantic Ocean power ashore with tremendous force. In 1991 Reynisfjara appeared on the top ten list of the most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world. Some people have said that to stand on the beach is akin to being in a natural amphitheater where the white water of the Atlantic waves provide the drama. At any time of year and in any light this is a place of great beauty which will remind you that can never be far from the powerful forces of nature which shaped Iceland. Marvel at the power of the ocean but do not stand too close – those masterful waves deserve your respect!

It is here that the Reynisdranger basalt stacks beneath the Reynisfjall mountain rise from the sea in a majestic way. These black basalt ´sculptures´ have been roughly hewn by nature into some amazing shapes and features. Not surprisingly, these shapes and forms have given rise to legends and much folklore. The legend says that the Reynisfjara basalt stacks originated when two trolls tried to drag a triple-masted ship to land unsuccessfully – when daylight came they were transformed into sharp needles of rock.
There is another legend which tells the story of a husband whose wife was taken by these two trolls and frozen during the night. His wife was the great love of his life but he could not confine her free spirit which found its home among the rocks, trolls and the wild Atlantic waves at Reynisfjara. The husband made the tolls swear never to kill anyone again and since then all has been peaceful.
This is a must-come-to place if you wish to experience the raw and powerful forces of Icelandic nature and a rare kind of dramatic beauty. Photo opportunities abound here, Reynisfjara Beach is now quite well-known as a spot where bridal couples create some unique and very special photographic memories.

Where is Reynisfjara located?

Reynisfjara Beach is on the south coast 180 km from Reykjavík. Seljalandsfoss waterfall is to the south of Reynisfjara (61 km). If you are traveling from an easterly direction Skaftafell is 150 km away. Other attractions to the east include the little town of Vík (10 km) and Kirkjubæjarklaustur (78 km).

Tours visiting Reynisfjara black sand beach