Reynisfjara is without a doubt the most famous beach in all of Iceland, and you’ll see it featured on postcards and brochures throughout the country, as well as on pretty much any travel blog or video about Iceland.
What sets Reynisfjara apart from all the rest are its black volcanic sands, smooth pebbles, unique rock formations, overall moody atmosphere and—more on this below—huge waves crashing on the shore.
From the beach you have a view to the Reynisdrangar sea stacks. These bizarre looking rock pillars are said to be petrified trolls that were caught outside at sunrise and frozen in time, but some strongly believe that they’re actually basalt columns that were once part of the extensive shoreline cliffs that remained standing while other parts were battered down by the ocean. Whichever story you choose to believe, they’re a sight to behold.
Also along Reynisfjara are the stunning Hálsanefshellir sea cave and the Gardar cliff, which is composed of dark basalt columns that some say resemble a pyramid or organ pipes. From the shore you’ll also have spectacular views of the arched cliff of Dyrhólaey looming over the sea.
If all this sightseeing has left you hungry, a light meal or a coffee can be found at the Black Beach Restaurant near the beach. The nearby town of Vík also features a service station with a fast food diner and a café.
Extreme caution is to be exercised at all times while visiting Reynisfjara. Stay far back from the water's edge and heed all signs and warnings. Though the beach is stunning, please be careful as rogue waves are common and the current is very strong. The reason for these monster waves and strong current? The only land south of Vík and Reynisfjara is Antarctica. That’s a lot of unobstructed space for the Atlantic currents to travel before crashing into Iceland!View South Iceland