Reynisfjara is the most well known black sand beach in Iceland and it’s often overcrowded during the summertime. It’s impressive not only due to its black sand, but also due to the immense basaltic columns guarding the beach. Although the geometrical shapes make you think they are man made, in fact they were naturally formed when hot lava underwent rapid cooling.
Just a few minutes drive from the puffin colony in Dyrhólaey, Reynisfjara breathes life to the great satisfaction of bird lovers: the puffins and the arctic terns hover over the beach and delight you with their sounds.
The scenery is wild and the visitors should be cautious when approaching the foamy ocean. The waves can be very deceiving and unpredictable, while the current is particularly strong in the area. There were numerous fatal accidents on this beach caused by tourists not paying attention to the warnings in the area. During cloudy days with strong winds, don’t get near the water or even walk alongside the columns- in February 2016 the waves forcefully hit the columns and a tourist lost his life.
How to get to Reynisfjara black sand beach
From the Ring Road (Route 1) take route 215 until the parking lot. The beach and the ocean should be visible from there. Reynisfjara beach is known for high speed winds, so be careful when opening your car door, lest it might be torn off.