Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

Leaving the Golden Circle area and heading to Southern Iceland exposes you to some really beautiful sights in the winter.  Passing by many Icelandic horse ranches, waterfalls, snow-covered mountains and plains, the ride itself was worth the trip.  But the one we were headed to experience was seeing winter at the famous black sand beach, Reynisfjara.  There are many black sand beaches in the world, and I have seen a few myself, but none as magnificent has Reynisfjara, Iceland.

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Black Sand Beach
Black Sand Beach

As soon as we stepped on to the beach we were in awe of it being so black in color with shiny smooth pieces of lava rock.  Since it was winter we were also treated to seeing the white snow that pebbled up into perfectly shaped balls, you swear they were tiny pieces of styrofoam.  The contrast of the black and white beach was fascinating to see.

Snow on the Black Sand Beach in Iceland
Snow on the Black Sand Beach in Iceland

The crashing of the huge waves immediately reminds you of the danger sign located at the entrance.  There is no way you could swim!  These waves were really high and crash hard right at your feet as you walk.  The cliffs and cave that surround the beach give the area even more of a enthralling view.  There are tall stepping stones nature has created that tourist climb to have a photo taken.   Birds nest in the cliffs and continuously fly around protecting their homes.

Basalt stone creation that look like steps at Black Sand Beach Iceland
Basalt Stepping Stones
Cave like formed on Black Sand Beach
Cave like formed on Black Sand Beach

Reynisfjara the Black Sand Beach Video

We throughly enjoyed our visit to Reynisfjara the Black Sand Beach.  Below is a video I hope you get more of feeling on how it feels to be traveling the road in Iceland to Reynisfjara!

All I all, winter in Iceland is a whole different experience and one I will never forget. The nature you will see and experience is not found anywhere else in the world.  If you plan on going in the winter make sure you check out my article on being prepared , here you will find some advice to help you enjoy your Winter Icelandic Holiday!

Photography in the winter on black sand beach Iceland
Kevin getting some great photography on the Black Sand beach

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Winter at the famous Black Sand Beach, Reynisfjara is an experience you should not miss on your itinerary when on holiday in Iceland! Travel to the south of Iceland, near Vik, for fantastic nature photography opportunities. Ice, caves, crashing waves are so beautiful! #Iceland #BlackSandBeach #Nature

Sherrie has been traveling for sometime now. Her husband Kevin and herself love to explore different destinations and adventures. She has always wanted to write, so writing about traveling just became the obvious combination. "I love, love, love to travel! Everything about it- views, sights, experiences, exploration, food, wine and of course meeting people!" Sherrie Fabrizi Allbritten


  • March 28, 2018

    I love this beach, I was there few years ago. It is such a beautiful place. I wish I had seen some puffins as well but they were hiding.

  • Followingtherivera

    April 20, 2018

    I’m so sad I didn’t make it to this black sand beach in Iceland. It’s incredible, and the landscape is just breathtaking. You’re right about seeing it in winter, I think it looks more dramatic.

  • April 21, 2018

    Iceland is so high on my list and this post and your video has just made me want to go even more. I experienced Black sand beaches in New Zealand and experienced winter in New Zealand which I always see as a mini version of Iceland (I love New Zealand, so I know I’ll love Iceland) but I didn’t experience snow on the black sand beaches I can only imagine how much in awe you were 😀 – It’s incredible how nature creates things naturally like the stepping stones for tourists to be able to take a picture of nature 😀 – Cant wait to get out to Iceland.

  • April 21, 2018

    Iceland is high on my bucket list and it must have been amazing to see it with all the snow. But I think I will still go there during summer, since it’s a little warmer 😉

  • Mayuri

    April 21, 2018

    These are beautiful pictures. We are planning to visit Iceland in October of this year and this guide will come in handy

    Glad you had a great time and I can’t wait to visit

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