Counted as one of the most beautiful beach on Earth.
Reynisfjara beach, a stretch of black basalt sand in one of the wettest places in Iceland, was counted as one of the ten most beautiful beaches on Earth by Islands Magazine in 1991.
Offshore lie stacks of basalt rock, the remnants of a once more extensive cliffline Reynisfjall, now battered by the sea.
During low tide, it is possible to walk all the way down the beach but when the tide moves in, one may also be trapped in the caves where fall rocks are a hazard.
The sea around them is rather wild and stormy, so travelers will not be surprised to discover a monument to the memory of drowned seamen on the beach.
Vik, the southernmost village in Iceland, was affected by volcanic ash during the 2010 eruptions of Evjafjallajokull.
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