Reynisfjara Beach

Reynisfjara Beach

One of the most beautiful places to visit in South Iceland is an Icelandic beach called Reynisfjara. It lies approximately 110 miles (180 km) from Reykjavik and features an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns resembling a rocky step pyramid, called Gardar.

 gem of Icelandic nature nestled away near the town of Vik.

The town of Vik, known as Vik i Myrdal, is the southernmost town in Iceland. It is not a large town, the 2011 regestry showed the inhabitants to number only 291 people. However, despite its small size it is the largest settlement for some 70 km (43 mi) and it is an important staging post. That is why, when you drive around on the road in Iceland, you will see it indicated on road signs from a long distance away. It is also an important service center for the inhabitants and visitors to the coastal strip between Skógar and the west edge of the Mýrdalssandur glacial outwash plain.
On the shoreline by this town you’ll find the Reynisfjara beach, so named after the farm of Reynir. This black sand and pebble beach is interlaced with caves and pyramid structures that’ll leave any guest in awe. Of particular interest are the Reynisdrangar, towering needle point sea stacks that rise majestically out of the ocean just off shore.


Lone blade islands stand against the strong currents of the Atlantic Ocean, these are the spectacularly shaped basalt sea stacks of Reynisfjara in South Iceland called Reynisdrangar.
An old Icelandic legend states that the stacks came to be when two Icelandic trolls attempted to drag a three-masted ship to land unsuccessfully and when daylight broke they became the needles of rock.

The area is rich birdlife, including puffins, fulmars and guillemots. Whether a lover of the coast or not, this Icelandic beach is on a level of beauty all on its own.