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Reynisfjara Beach Tours

A place of stark, wild beauty, this black-sand beach on the south coast is one of Iceland’s most photogenic locations. Here, roaring Atlantic waves batter the Reynisdrangar sea stacks, the black pebble shoreline, and the pyramid-like cliff of basalt columns known as Garðar, where puffins and guillemots can be seen.

The Basics
Reynisfjara Beach is a common stop-off on South Iceland day tours from Reykjavik. Organized day tours typically combine a visit to Reynisfjara with trips to other nearby destinations, such as Skaftafell National Park, Sólheimajökull glacier, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, Seljalandsfoss waterfall, and Skógafoss waterfall. 

Multi-day tours from the capital typically combine south shore attractions with sights around the Reykjanes Peninsula, Golden Circle, Borgarfjörður valley, and Snæfellsnes Peninsula. 
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • With its striking landscape, this black beach is a must for photography enthusiasts.
  • The waves here can be treacherous; keep your distance from the shore. 
  • The uneven, stone-littered surface of the beach makes it unsuitable for wheelchairs and strollers. 

How to Get There
Reynisfjara Beach is situated on Iceland’s south coast near the town of Vík. The beach is about 112 miles (180 kilometers) from Reykjavik and can be reached via the Ring Road (Route 1) and Route 215. Driving from Reykjavik takes about 2.5 hours. The nearby Dyrhólaey promontory, accessible via Routes 1 and 218, also offers striking views of the beach. If you don’t have access to a car, it’s best to go as part of a guided tour. 

When to Get There
Reynisfjara Beach is recognized for its dramatic beauty. Summer is perhaps the best time to come here, with long, lingering sunsets and sunrises providing ideal lighting conditions for photographers. This is also the best time to view birds in the nearby cliffs. Don’t expect to sunbathe, even in summer, as winds are strong here year-round. 

Reynisfjara Beach on the Big Screen
Due to its unusual appearance, Reynisfjara Beach has been used as a filming location for Hollywood movies and hit TV series. In Game of Thrones, it served as the beach at Eastwatch-by-the-Sea in season seven. It was also used for scenes in Darren Aronofsky’s 2014 religious epic Noah and in Star Trek: Into Darkness
Address: Vik, South Iceland, Iceland
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8 Tours and Activities to Experience Reynisfjara Beach

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Day Trip to Iceland's Beautiful South Coast from ReykjavikDay Trips

Day Trip to Iceland's Beautiful South Coast from Reykjavik

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Iceland’s south coast is one of the country’s scenic wonders, but often overshadowed by the Golden Circle sights. This full-day trip from Reykjavik covers it in detail, showcasing its lava landscapes, waterfalls, glaciers, and beaches. In addition to visiting the Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, walk up close to the Sólheimajökull glacier, and admire the black cliffs and rocks at Reynisfjara and Dyrhólaey. A stop for lunch (own expense), and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Private South Coast Tour from ReykjavikFull-day Tours

Private South Coast Tour from Reykjavik

Avoid crowds and the hassle of traveling in a large group. This private tour offers a more personalized experience of Iceland's stunning south coast. Visit the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss; the black sand beach of Reynisfjara, and Sólheimajökull glacier.
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  • 8 hours
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$478.22 
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South Coast and Waterfalls Day Tour Full-day Tours

South Coast and Waterfalls Day Tour

From Reykjavik we will make our way towards the cliffs of southern Iceland. Our first stop will be at Seljalandfoss, the famous waterfall that allows travelers to walk behind the column of water that plummets down from the cliffs above, and its impressive and surprising neighbor, Gljúfrabúi, or the ¨hidden waterfall¨, that many travelers do not visit because it does not appear in all guidebooks. In this area we will witness the effects of the famous Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano that caused chaos in European air traffic in 2010. We will continue our southern route to Skógafoss, a waterfall that measures 60 meters tall and 25 meters wide and is one of the biggest in Iceland. Here we will have the chance to enjoy the surrounding areas and climb to the highest point of the waterfall. Our next stop will be in Reynisfjara, a black-sand beach that boasts impressive basaltic rock formations and views of the famous trolls that, according to legend, were petrified when caught in the sea at sunrise. Dyrhólaey will be our final stop of the day, and from this lookout point high above the sea we will observe interesting lava formations as well as large puffin colonies that nest here in the summer months (mid-June to mid-August). This is a unique day tour to several spectacular sites along Iceland´s South Coast. You don't want to miss it! Tour guided in English and Spanish (español)with stops at Seljalandsfoss, Gljúfrabúi, Skógafoss, Reynisfjara and Dyrhólaey
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  • 10 hours
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From Reykjavik Port: South Coast Small Group Shore ExcursionBus Tours

From Reykjavik Port: South Coast Small Group Shore Excursion

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Iceland’s South Coast is famous for its waterfalls, glaciers, black sand beaches, and quaint villages. Leave behind the cruise ship for the day and venture from the Port of Reykjavik to the village of Vik at the southern tip of the nation. The small-group, guided tour makes it possible to squeeze in stops at all of the top attractions, including many that are skipped on large bus tours.
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Volcanic And Glacial Private South Coast TourFull-day Tours

Volcanic And Glacial Private South Coast Tour

Private tour around the most beautiful locations in the south of Iceland. Extra breaks if time permits. Our experienced guide will make this a experience that you will not forget.
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  • 10 hours
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Tandem Paragliding Flights from VikExtreme

Tandem Paragliding Flights from Vik

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Enjoy bird’s-eye views over south Iceland on this 1.5-hour tandem paragliding experience. Take to the skies with a highly experienced professional pilot at the controls, and relax into the comfortable seat harness as you soar over the spectacular landscapes. Gaze down at black beaches, craggy mountains and lava formations; rise and swoop with the thermal currents; and revel in the calmest form of free flight known to man. All equipment is supplied, and your experience includes photos and a video of your once-in-a-lifetime, 10- to 20-minute flight.
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  • 1 hour
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Volcanic History Super Jeep Tour from VikBus Tours

Volcanic History Super Jeep Tour from Vik

For three hours take you on a ride to explore the volcanic region east of Vík called Mydalssandur in a massive Mercedes Sprinter Super Jeep. Myrdalssandur is a flood plain and sand desert created by the massive water outbursts that come down from the glacier when Katla underneath it blows. You are gonna find out more about the volcanic history in this area, hear famous Icelandic stories told over generations, learn about the wildlife in this area and see where some parts of Star Wars: Rogue One were shot. The landscape impresses with picturesque views that are ideal to take great photos. We are gonna visit the glacier and its ash layers in the ice. If conditions allow it we even take a look inside the ice cave (usually this is however only possible in the winter). On the way back we visit an old sea cave where lots of birds and different plants can be spotted and enjoy an empty black sand beach.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours 30 minutes
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SuperSaver: Small Group South Coast, Waterfalls & Glacier Hike and Northern Lights Adventure from ReykjavikWinter Sports

SuperSaver: Small Group South Coast, Waterfalls & Glacier Hike and Northern Lights Adventure from Reykjavik

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Make the most of your time in Iceland on this full-day tour from Reykjavík that combines multiple activities. See the highlights of the south coast, including Seljalandsfoss waterfall best known for the fact that you can walk behind it, and the black-sand beach of Reynisfjara. Embark upon a glacier walk across Solheimajokull and learn about the glacier, formations, and movements, and conclude your tour by hunting for the northern lights in the countryside surrounding Reykjavík.
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  • 16 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 16 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

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