Iceland’s Iconic Reynisfjara and Its Most Charming Town (PHOTOS)

Jessica Peterson

Iceland's Iconic Reynisfjara in Iceland's Most Charming Town

Vík is a town that is both sleepy and dramatic. Because it is Iceland’s wettest place, the weather changes from freezing rain to sun and rainbows in a matter of minutes. The mountainous town is home to some of Iceland’s most iconic natural features.

Recalling Giant’s Causeway in Ireland, the basalt columns known as Reynisfjara are like something out of a fairy tale (that pretty much describes all of Iceland). Hexagonal rock formations line a black sand beach with views of a natural arch called Dyrhólaey and wicked looking sea stacks known as Reynisdrangur. Check the tide before getting too close to the ocean, as some tourists have been caught in the pounding waves and been dragged out to sea.

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  1. Theresa
    June 2, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Loved seeing these photos! I was here in January and can’t wait to go back in the summer when the snow has melted like this. So beautiful!

    • Global Girl Travels
      June 4, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      Yes, I’d like to see Iceland in the summer too! Then again, I’d like to be there to see the Northern Lights as well.

  2. Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki
    June 2, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    I love this part of Iceland. The black sand beaches are just so pretty!

    • Global Girl Travels
      June 4, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      I love the layers of black (ash, sand), green (moss), and white (snow).

  3. Erin
    June 3, 2015 at 12:31 am

    Stunning photos. Iceland is on my list for 2016 or 2017. I’m drooling over these photos and so ready to go!

    • Global Girl Travels
      June 4, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      Oh man. Iceland was top of my list. Now, I’m wondering how to top Iceland!

  4. Suzanne
    May 10, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Sound and looks like a real-life Middle Earth. Move over New Zealand!

  5. Henry
    May 10, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Really nice photos…I didn’t know the real name of that beach…I’ve always just referred to it as the black sand beach near Vik!

  6. CurlyCurlyK
    May 11, 2017 at 12:59 am

    There’s something about Iceland’s adorable little houses and the wide crazy nature that surrounds it. It’s so beautiful and enchanting. Gorgeous photographs!

  7. Tasha Haley
    Tasha HaleyReply
    May 11, 2017 at 4:20 am

    Oh wow. I love Iceland, it is a shame we did not get to visit these parts, these pictures make me feel like I really missed out 🙁

  8. Emily Louisa
    Emily LouisaReply
    May 11, 2017 at 8:16 am

    We’re off to Iceland in August – I can’t wait. The black sand and those pillars look awesome. Your photos are great; especially love the rainbow over the houses.

  9. James Smith
    May 11, 2017 at 10:44 am

    I missed the Reynisfjara columns when I visited Vik and I keep seeing images of them making me jealous. In fact the whole black beach and the town of Vik should be visited, I guess I stop by next time. My favorite picture here is the panoramic of the black beach, the one of you on the Reynisfjara columns is perfect for Instagram too!

  10. Abhinav Singh
    Abhinav SinghReply
    May 11, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Lovely pictures. Iceland’s wettest place sure looks other
    worldy. The more I am reading about Iceland, the more I am excited to visit it.
    It looks like a surreal place. It has everything going for an outdoor

  11. Soumya Nambiar
    May 11, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    The photos are so gorgeous and Iceland has been on wish list for so long. Hopefully I will get to go to Iceland soon. Didn’t know that the waves were so ferocious. Will definitely keep that in mind.

  12. Marissa Abao
    Marissa AbaoReply
    May 12, 2017 at 1:36 am

    These are beautiful photos like always. The basalt columns look incredible. The black sand is unique. You should have taken a photo of the waves crashing onto the shore.

    Iza c/o Fill My Passport

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