Reynisfjara Beach looks so ethereal that it does not seem to be of this planet. If you want to visit Reynisfjara, then all you have to do is take a flight to majestic and mysterious Iceland. Once you land in the capital Reykjavik, travel 180 kilometers southeast and you will finally reach this glorious black sand and pebble beach.
Unfortunately, swimming at Reynisfjara during most times of the year is not advisable due to the strong currents, heavy surf and extreme cold water temperature. But even without dipping into the ocean, staying on the shore of Reynisfjara gives you an incredible yet distinct experience. Reynisfjara’s black sand, its roaring surf and the North-Atlantic winds that hurl through it, are not the only reasons this sandy stretch is truly a gem of a destination. What makes travelers truly enchanted with this beach is its natural geological formations, which are hard to find anywhere in the world.
The hexagonal basalt columns of Reynisfjall Mountain, which serves as backdrop to the ocean and the sand, will catch your eye instantly. These columns form what looks like a rocky step pyramid that tempts you to climb all the way to the top! Forged by Mother Nature, these columns make up a work of art that is usually seen in prestigious art galleries. These days, a number of photographers and tourists make their way to Reynisfjara just to snap pictures of this amazing natural attraction.
The other outstanding features in Reynisfjara are the gigantic rocks standing on the shoreline and facing the dark caves. The presence of these rocks is definitely a natural phenomenon. But Icelanders are fond of their myths and legends, which includes stories about trolls turning into stones when hit by sunlight. It is believed that three massive rocks are the remains of trolls who did not manage to escape by daybreak!
If walk a little further from Reynisfjara’s main beach area, you will encounter a massive pillar of dark lava called Dyrhólaey, which stretches 120 meters into the sea. The extension forms a small peninsula, which will allow you to venture further into the water and get great views of the Reynisfjara Beach, the exquisite Mýrdalsjökull glacier and the entire South Icelandic coastline.
You can always visit Reynisfjara Beach on your own, but if you want to learn more about the history and get more local insights about the place; you have the option to book a guided tour to the beach from the nearby town of Vik.
Also known as Vík í Mýrdal, Vik is recognized as the southernmost town in Iceland. It is a very small town with a population of less than 300 people. After exploring Reynisfjara, you can easily go back to the town on foot and relax in one of the roadside cafes. A limited amount of accommodation is also available here. Aside from driving a private vehicle from Reykjavik for two hours to reach Vik; you may also take buses 11 and 51 from the capital. The journey can take about 3.5 hours.