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Photo: Golli. Guests enjoying Djúpalónssandur black sand beach

If you could only visit one black sand beach which one would you choose?


The classic answer is certainly Reynisfjara, a black sand beach on the South Coast of Iceland. Its location off of Route 1 makes it ideal to visit on a drive along the coast, where you can also see some of Iceland’s other major attractions, such as the waterfalls Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss.

The beach is also notable for the striking basalt formations that can be found there, in addition to its view of Dyrhólaey, an arched rock formation in the sea. Note that Reynisfjara can also be a very dangerous place to visit. In the past years, numerous visitors have been swept out to sea by so-called “sneaker” waves, which can reach much farther up the beach than expected. Visitors to Reynisfjara are advised to always keep an eye on the waves and to stay 30 m, or about 100 ft, from the waves.

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Golli. Tourists at Reynisfjara

Reynisfjara has become incredibly popular in recent years, but another option for the traveller looking to beat the crowds is Djúpalónssandur, a black sand beach on the Snæfellsnes peninsula.

Like Reynisfjara, Djúpalónssandur beach is a day trip away from the capital region and it is also located near other iconic sites. In addition to the dramatic, natural beauty there, Djúpalónssandur is also home to a wrecked fishing trawler. For the history buff and aspiring strongman, four lifting stones can also be found near the beach. The area was once a bustling fishing hub, and sailors would lift the stones to test their strength. In order to qualify for work on a fishing boat, a sailor would have to be able to lift a certain stone to prove his strength and ability to “pull his own weight.”

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Djúpalónssandur – Golli




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