Beaches in Iceland

South Iceland

Reynisfjara Beach

One of the most beautiful places to visit in South Iceland is an Icelandic beach called Reynisfjara. Nestled away near the town of Vik, you’ll find a black sand and pebble beach intertwined with caves and pyramid structures that’ll leave any guest in awe. 
Approximately 110 miles (180 km) from Reykjavik, Reynisfjara features an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns resembling  a rocky step pyramid, which is called Gardar. 
Out in the sea are the spectacularly shaped basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar. 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.


Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach

Nautholsvik is definitely one of the most populated and well known beaches in Iceland. However, if you wanted to surf in Iceland, Nautholsvik would probably not be the best choice.  
Nautholsvik is a popular sandy beach in Reykjavik given that the beach water is heated by geothermal hot water flowing into the bay. Nautholsvik has also become a popular destination for sea swimming among locals and tourists alike. There are two freshwater pools and public facilities. 
This Icelandic beach is well suited for families.

Álftanes Beach

Just east of Reykjavik is the peninsula of Álftanes, which is another one of Iceland’s very few white sandy beaches.  
Due to its magnificent color and proximity to the capital, this is another popular Icelandic beach with locals and tourists alike.

West Iceland

Kirkjubol Beach

One of the most relaxing and quiet beaches in Iceland is Kirkubol Beach located in West Iceland
If you ever find yourself in the county of Strandir, visit this charming Icelandic beach which is well suited for outdoorsmen and for family travelers. 
The drive from Reykjavik is rather long, but there are bus and airplane services to Strandir County available.In the coves one can find driftwood, shells, and numerous birds. If you’re lucky, seals sometimes lie on sand bars out beyond the promontories. 
Visiting this beautiful Icelandic beach is a great idea for a day tour activity in Iceland.