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Reynisfjara Beach Tours

The enigmatic black pebble beach that is Reynisfjara is located just a few minutes outside Vik, halfway between Reykjavik and Höfn. This beach is one of the most heavily photographed sites in Iceland, mostly thanks to the mysterious black basalt Reynisdrangar columns that protrude out of the North Atlantic Ocean and line the beach, resembling a bizarre church organ out of a fairy tale. Rumor has it that the stacks originated when three trolls, pulling a three-masted ship to shore, were petrified and turned into needles of rock after being caught by surprise by dawn.

But more than just a piece of Icelandic folklore, the cliffs surrounding Reynisfjara Beach also play an important role during breeding season, as they become host to several bird species, including the much sought-after puffin. The basalt cliffs are flanked by black sand and pebble, which sometime make way for secretive caves like Hálsanefshellir and pyramid structures that will certainly have visitors scratch their heads, wondering how such magnificent formations were created.

Insider Tip: For the best chance of observing puffins playing on the cliffs and in the sea, visit the beach in summer.

Practical Info

Reynisfjara Beach is easily accessible from Vik i Myrdal on foot, although the Atlantic Ocean is quite treacherous in these parts during certain months of the year—visitors should not venture out too close to the shore. Vik can be reached from Reykjavik by car via route 1 and 215 in two hours (185 km) or 3.5 hours via buses 11 and 51. The nearby Dyrhólaey promontory (accessible via route 1 and route 218) also offers striking views of Reynisfjara Beach.

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