Reynisfjara beach

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Reynisfjara beach
Reynisfjara cave
View of neighbouring beach from Dyrhólaey

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Reynisfjara is one of Iceland's most iconic and spectacular beaches. Located around 2 hours from the capital Reykjavik, Reynisfjara is near the village Vik in Myrdalur on Iceland's South Coast. To the southern end of the beach is the 120 meter high promontory of Dyrhólaey, Iceland's most southerly point.

This black sand beach is a geologist's wet dream with hosts of incredible rock formations and features. Rising up out of the sand are amazing cliffs formed of basalt columns, known as Gardar. These look like some kind of crazy steps and are reminiscent of the "Giant's Causeway" in Ireland. These cliffs are also home to a number of large and impressive caves.

Perhaps the most recognisable feature of Reynisfjara are the huge basalt sea stacks of Reynisdrangar. These are home to a considerable number of seabirds such as fulmars, guillemots and puffins. According to legend these stacks were formed by two trolls who attempted to drag a three-masted ship to their cave ashore. Unfortunately for them day break caught them out and they were turned into the needles of rock.

Reynisfjara beach tide times

Fri 14th December

High 03:09am (1.08m)
Low 08:53am (0.59m)
High 02:57pm (1.16m)
Low 09:42pm (0.39m)

Sat 15th December

High 04:16am (1.07m)
Low 10:08am (0.61m)
High 04:10pm (1.11m)
Low 10:51pm (0.42m)

Sun 16th December

High 05:26am (1.09m)
Low 11:29am (0.58m)
High 05:30pm (1.09m)

Mon 17th December

Low 12:00am (0.43m)
High 06:31am (1.13m)
Low 12:41pm (0.52m)
High 06:44pm (1.11m)

Today's weather

Rain showers

7 °C
(44 °F)

Near gale, 56.2 km/h from SE

Sea temperature

7.8°C / 46°F

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