The first association black has is a with mystery, the unknown and the hidden. Black is color of magic – the color that hides. It can be used to hide feelings, to separate oneself from the world. Black doesn’t usually express many emotions but when you get up on the hills that overlook black sand beach in Vík you will feel nothing but tsunami of emotions.
I still remember the first time I saw this beauty, I just stood there for hours watched the white sea foam coming and going and leaving those beautiful traced patterns on the coal black sand.
This is one of my favorite spots in Iceland. Why is like that I really don’t know. Guess black magic got control over me. Just kidding, but when you see the pictures you will know why.
HOW WAS IT FORMED?
Black beaches are common thing on the coast of volcanic islands and it’s usually created in either two ways. One way is when lava from the eruption hits the cold ocean and causes the lave to explode, forming small glass – like shards which become rounded as the ocean waves erode them. Another way is similar to how white sand beaches are formed through erosion.
WHERE IS IT?
WHEN TO GO?
In all the seasons of the year tourists can find something special in Iceland. If you are not used to cold wind and lots of snow I would recommend you to skip the winter there. But then you will be miss the northern lights dance around the starlit sky. I visited Iceland in the end of August and still some days were cold and extremely windy. I can imagine myself surviving all the cold just to see white ice cubes along the black sand beach.
WHAT WILL YOU FIND THERE?
Beside the thousands of cute puffins you will see columnar caves made from basalt rock and strange basalt fingers jutting out of the sea. In the Icelandic folklore these strange stacks are thought to be the remnants of trolls who were turned to stone when they were surprised by sunrise. You’ve got to love Iceland because of this extremely entertaining tales.
A LIGHTHOUSE FOR A DAY?
I’m huge fan of lighthouses and Iceland is right place to rent one for your unforgettable overnight experience. And guess what, there is a one right on the top of the Dyrhólaey peninsula. The lighthouse itself dates back to 1910. and on 2016. was converted and use like a hotel for the first time. I wasn’t lucky enough to have a sleep in this mystic place but I know I’ll be back for sure.
From the top of the cliffs, the panoramic views of the black sand beaches are breathtaking. Let yourself fall into a daydream while staring out at the sky and ocean while the seabirds dance in the wind and waves. So what are you waiting for? Book the flight and send me some pictures!
For the end I’m posting a beautiful song from Icelandic band called “of Monsters and Men”. It reminds me of Iceland and takes me back in time. Enjoy it !
Thank you for reading and feel free to comment and ask questions, I’m more then welcome to answer it.