From here on, we had two more stops planned for the day - Reynifjara black sand beach and Dyrholaey. We reached there alright despite the rain and dangerous roads but it was raining heavily and it kept getting darker. We waited around 2 hours hoping the rain would stop. With no luck, we decided to comeback the next morning instead and headed to the campground in Vik.
You must have visited a white sandy beach on a tropical island with palm trees curling around it. They're great. But what if I told you there's a lava beach that has risen from the ashes surrounded by lava formations, towering cliffs, and caves. Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach is hands down the coolest non-tropical beach you'd ever visit. And the best part is that you don't have to worry about a beach body because it isn't the tanning kind of beach.More looking than touching because the beach is windy, cold and dangerous. Stepping into the water isn't allowed, for something like sneaker waves are known to sweep away people from the beach. Opposite to the sea is an insane natural pyramid made of basalt columns that looks like a staircase to the sky. It's hard to imagine how nature shaped the basalt rocks so perfectly, it almost looks like the steps to a throne that isn't there.
Stokksnes is another unique area in east Iceland located near the town of Hofn. The beach is dotted with tall tufts of dark green grass on top of small hills of black sand. While you trample in the sand, in front of you lays transparent water and immediately above it incredible mountains. Stokksnes is actually quite devoid of tourists so if you are looking to get off the beaten track, this is the beach for you! Stokksnes is about 6 hours away from Reykjavik and is best to visit if you have a few days to spend in Iceland.
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach is a magnificent black pebble beach under Reynisfjall mountain with an amazing basalt columns. Gives you a feeling out of this world.
After a dip in the hot tub and a sauna in the local pool, i headed to Reynisfjara black sand beach from Vik. My jacket pockets were filled with black sand and my tripod was almost thrown into the sea due to the extremely windy conditions on that day. People had to stand at a precarious bent angle to avoid from being smacked face down into the sand. But nonetheless, it was a sight to behold. That was the first time in my life i saw black sand. The waves crashing on to the shore were very different from what we see in the traditional sand beaches. Pure beauty of nature!