Reynisfjara, the black sand beach of Iceland is the perfect refuge for the ‘beach person’ at heart who is seeking some stunning panoramas amidst enormous basalt stacks and roaring Atlantic waves. By Ritika Dixit

Located on the south coast of Iceland at a distance of 180 km from Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, the black sand beach of Reynisfjara is one of its kinds. Known for its intriguing geography with its black sand, Reynisdrangar columns, towering cliffs, tremendous caves and lava formations — Reynisfjara beach is one of the most stunning non-tropical beaches on the world map.

Reynisfjara beach is believed to be created by lava flowing into the ocean which cooled almost instantly as it touched the water. Black volcanic sands, smoothest of the pebbles, rare rock formations, and the huge Atlantic waves crashing on the shore make for an otherworldly experience at the Reynisfjara beach. It is said that standing ashore the Reynisfjara beach feels like being in a natural amphitheatre where the white water of the Atlantic makes for all the drama. Extreme caution must be exercised while admiring the beauty of the sea as the rogue waves are common and the current is usually very strong. The power of the ocean and the dominating forces of nature, which shaped the island of Iceland, can be appreciated and marvelled at from the Reynisfjara beach at any time of the year, in any season and any light or frame.

Another sight to behold at the Reynisfjara is the mind-blowing views of the Reynisdrangar sea stacks. These out-of-the-ordinary-looking rock pillars are believed to be petrified trolls that are frozen in time after being left in the open after dawn. Other stronger beliefs suggest that the bizarre pillars are basalt columns, which were a part of the shoreline cliffs that remained while other parts were battered down by the ocean.

The remarkable Hálsanefshellir sea cave and the Gardar cliff, composed of dark basalt columns resembling a pyramid or organ pipes are also a sight one must witness along the shore of Reynisfjara. The arched cliff of Dyrhólaey looming over the sea further enhances the glory of its surroundings.

And when the expedition by the beach leaves you famished, you can head to the Black Beach Restaurant near the beach for a light meal or a steaming cup of coffee. Reynisfjara is the perfect mix of bizarre and beauty which will offer you sights worth staying engraved in your memory long after you’ve left this black sand beach.

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