The Beach Guide

Reynisfjara beach

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.

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Reynisfjara beach Weather Info

Fri 24th
Sleet 3°C / 37°F
Sat 25th
Heavy rain showers 5°C / 41°F
Sun 26th
Sleet 3°C / 37°F
Mon 27th
Partly cloudy 3°C / 37°F
Tue 28th
Partly cloudy 0°C / 32°F
Wed 29th
Partly cloudy 2°C / 36°F

5 Day Reynisfjara beach UV Index

UV Index scale

A UV Index reading of 3 or more means some precautions should be taken. For more information visit our guide to the UV Index.

Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Reynisfjara beach tide times & sea state

  • Fri 24/01 »
    Surf report for Fri 24/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 21ft 13s  °  ° 31mph
    12:00 15ft 13s  °  ° 10mph
    18:00 11ft 11s  °  ° 23mph
    Tide times
    Low 4:09am (0.42m)
    High 10:12am (1.37m)
    Low 4:43pm (0.16m)
    High 11:01pm (1.25m)
    Daylight
    First light09:15
    Sunrise10:14
    Sunset16:42
    Dark17:41
  • Sat 25/01 »
    Surf report for Sat 25/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 21ft 10s  °  ° 60mph
    12:00 18ft 11s  °  ° 30mph
    18:00 18ft 13s  °  ° 17mph
    Tide times
    Low 4:46am (0.42m)
    High 10:47am (1.38m)
    Low 5:18pm (0.15m)
    High 11:36pm (1.25m)
    Daylight
    First light09:13
    Sunrise10:11
    Sunset16:45
    Dark17:43
  • Sun 26/01 »
    Surf report for Sun 26/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 14ft 13s  °  ° 12mph
    12:00 12ft 13s  °  ° 23mph
    18:00 18ft 14s  °  ° 22mph
    Tide times
    Low 5:18am (0.43m)
    High 11:20am (1.39m)
    Low 5:51pm (0.15m)
    Daylight
    First light09:11
    Sunrise10:08
    Sunset16:48
    Dark17:46
  • Mon 27/01 »
    Surf report for Mon 27/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 15ft 13s  °  ° 17mph
    12:00 13ft 13s  °  ° 20mph
    18:00 12ft 13s  °  ° 22mph
    Tide times
    High 12:07am (1.24m)
    Low 5:49am (0.43m)
    High 11:52am (1.38m)
    Low 6:22pm (0.17m)
    Daylight
    First light09:08
    Sunrise10:06
    Sunset16:51
    Dark17:49
  • Tue 28/01 »
    Surf report for Tue 28/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 13ft 10s  °  ° 35mph
    12:00 12ft 9s  °  ° 31mph
    18:00 11ft 8s  °  ° 26mph
    Tide times
    High 12:37am (1.22m)
    Low 6:21am (0.42m)
    High 12:25pm (1.37m)
    Low 6:54pm (0.20m)
    Daylight
    First light09:06
    Sunrise10:03
    Sunset16:54
    Dark17:51
  • Wed 29/01 »
    Surf report for Wed 29/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 9ft 9s  °  ° 12mph
    12:00 7ft 10s  °  ° 8mph
    18:00 7ft 10s  °  ° 14mph
    Tide times
    High 1:09am (1.21m)
    Low 6:55am (0.43m)
    High 1:00pm (1.34m)
    Low 7:29pm (0.25m)
    Daylight
    First light09:04
    Sunrise10:00
    Sunset16:58
    Dark17:54

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