The black sand beaches of Iceland

black sand beaches in iceland

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If you are going to visit Iceland you cannot miss its incredible natural phenomens. Such as seeing a Northern Lights, visiting its glaciers, and even getting into black sand beaches of Iceland.

black sand beach in iceland

Did you know what their peculiar color is due to, in this post we show you several of the most amazing beaches that you will see if you go to visit the south coast of Iceland. Places with a peculiar color and an impressive history.

Why are they black?

It’s the same as with Katla cave, the beaches are usually located next to a volcano. The ashes are the cause of the blackish color of the sand. This peculiar phenomenon is undoubtedly one of the most representative of the country of ice and fire.

This image in contrast to the pure white of the snow is undoubtedly one of the biggest tourist attractions of the country. Do you dare to discover the black sand beaches of Iceland? Let’s take a look at the most outstanding ones.

Reynisfjara Beach

This beach has a prize. In 1991 it was declared one of the 10 most beautiful beaches on earth (not counting the tropical ones, of course). Its scenery is breathtaking and it is the favorite beach for travelers.

reynisfjara iceland

When you visit you will discover its Hálsanefs, which are nothing more and nothing less than incredible hexagonal stone columns. These structures can reach more than 60 m. Incredible! 😱


If you are looking for a relaxing beach this is your place. It is one of the most accessible and usually has very calm waters. Its privileged location makes it one of the most impressive in the country.

It is located next to a huge mountain. In addition the black sand blends with the clumps of mountain grass. And it’s one of the key spots for viewing the aurora borealis.


The history of this beach is incredible. In the 1990s there was a plane crash, and the wreckage of the plane still remains on the beach. Of course, to get there you’ll have to do it on foot.

plane in solheimasandur

We recommend that you visit this location during sunset, as the sunset from its rocky sand and with the wreckage of the plane is incredible.

And now… Are you looking forward to visiting the black sand beaches of Iceland? Which one has caught your attention the most?

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