Iceland Beaches

 

Reynisfjara

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Reynisfjara is a black pebble beach and features an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns resembling a rocky step pyramid, which is called Gardar. Out in the sea are the spectacularly shaped basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar. The area has a rich birdlife, including puffins, fulmars and guillemots. 

The waves at Reynisfjara are especially strong and unpredictable, and fatal accidents have occurred at this beach, so people are advised to take extra care when visiting the area. According to folklore, two trolls attempted to drag a ship to land but were turned to stone as daylight broke, turning them into the Reynisdrangar stacks, clearly visible from the beach.

 

Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach

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Nauthólsvík was opened in 2001, to the delight of residents and tourists alike and now attracts an estimate of 530.000 guests each year. The creation of the geothermal beach was an ambitious, but a very successful project, involving the construction of a lagoon with large sea walls, where cold sea and hot geothermal water fuse together resulting in higher temperatures. 

The main objective of creating the geothermal beach was to establish the bay of Nauthólsvík as a diverse outdoor area and haven for recreational activities; such as sunbathing, sailing and sea-swimming. The latter is surprisingly popular all year round, with people enjoying the use of the hot-tubs, steam-bath, and changing facilities and showers. Even when the water drops below freezing. Cold-water swimming might sound crazy, especially in a country like Iceland, however this extreme activity dates all the way back to the age of settlement.

 

Kirkjubol Beach

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Kirkjubol is the lovely beach at Kirkjubol that is well suited for outdoorsmen, especially for those with children. It is both diverse and relatively safe, and everyone is welcome there for a walk along the beach. The drive from Reykjavik is rather long, but there are bus and airplane services to Strandir County available.In the coves one can find driftwood, shells, and numerous birds. If you’re lucky, seals sometimes lie on sand bars out beyond the promontories.

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