Iceland’s South: The Beautiful & Wild Black Coast
Category : Iceland
The South of Iceland is known for its black beach that consist of basalt sand. It looks somehow beautiful and threatening at the same time. Anyway it is very different compared to the beaches you typically get to see. It’s a must go if you travel through that area.
The Dyrholaey Arch
The first stop on our road trip through the South was Dyrholaey arch – a huge black lava arch in the sea. It looks very impressive and probably the view is even nicer during sunset. We took a walk for 20 minutes in the area and headed back to the car. Make sure to take a windproof jacket with you as the wind force is enormous up there.
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Afterwards we stepped by at the Reynisfjara black sand beach. You can drive to a viewpoint by car and enjoy the great sight. In Iceland are generally many cloudy and rainy days in September and one might think that’s not ideal for such a tour. However, many areas like the black sand beach appear even more dramatic and spectacular when there are dark clouds instead of sunshine.
After checking out the viewpoint we went for a walk at the beach. Especially in the winter months the waves are very strong and many people drowned there already. Be cautious when you visit the beach, especially during high tide. If you get too close to the water you might get sucked into the sea.
Step by at the lovely small town Vik for having lunch or buying some souvenirs after you have visited the beach. Your loved ones back home might be happy about a pair of Icelandic wool socks 🙂