There are incredible beaches around the world that would amaze the average traveler. There are even some that would be intriguing to a well seasoned traveler. But very few would compare to the amazing beaches in Iceland.
When you think beach vacation, you probably think about the warm sun shining on you and soft white sand between your toes. You also probably picture yourself with a cold drink in hand and the smell of a warm ocean mist. What if I told you that one of the most incredible beaches in the world has none of those things, but so much more to offer.
Picture this instead, enormous basalt stacks, roaring waves, stunning panoramic views, and black sand beaches. Yes, you read that right, black sand beaches.
Reynisfjara is a black sand beach found on the South Coast of Iceland. It sits just beside a small fishing village called Vík í Mýrdal.
You’re probably wondering why the sand is black, and for this there is a simple reason. The sand in this area is made of up tiny particles of eroded volcanic rock, also known as obsidian.
Reynisfjara is surrounded by huge basalt columns known as Reynisdrangar. There is an endearing folklore that goes along with this beach and its basalt columns.
According to the legend, this large columns were once trolls that pulled sea faring ships into the shore. One night, the trolls went out too late and were caught by the rising sun which turned them into solid stone.
Although this beach is full of wonder, its also one of the most dangerous beaches. With its beautiful views come some very violent roaring waves, that are known to come up surprisingly far on the beach. Locals call these “sneaker waves”, because of there ability to come up on the most serene, calm days.
Another major danger is the undertow and rip currents just off shore. These have a history of pulling innocent bystanders out into the freezing cold temperatures of the open ocean.
On a lighter note, the beauty of Reynisfjara was put into the spot light when the HBO hit series, Game of Thrones, shot some of season 7 there. It was seen as being “North of the wall”.
This breathtaking beach definitely belongs on your bucket list!