Iceland Black Sand Beach

ICELAND PART I.

This is the first of three parts detailing my favourite places that we visited in Iceland.

Got a spare day in Iceland? Rent a car and take a worthwhile trip to Vík í Mýrdal. A chance to see the Black Sand Beach, Iceland’s famous Sólheimasandur airplane wreckage,Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Skogafoss Waterfall and the stunning Myrdalsjokull Glacier.

Plus all but one of these locations were used in Justin Bieber’s most recent music video “I’ll show you” , so if it’s good enough for JB, it’s good enough for us!

Firstly, the Black Sand Beach. Who needs white sands and hot weather – Black is the new white anyway right? Anyway, it’s positively stunning – a huge stretch of black pebbles and sand, a reminder of the impact of volcanic activity in Iceland. Waves that look whiter than white, caves and impressive cliffs that stand proud on the shore. Oh and the choppiest, roughest waves you will ever see – this is the windiest beach you will ever visit so be careful you don’t get blown into the sea!!Iceland Black Sand Beach

Iceland Black Sand Beach

Iceland Black Sand Beach

Iceland Black Sand Beach

 

Next on our day trip, we visited Iceland’s Famous Sólheimasandur Plane Crash. You will need to either have rented a 4 x 4 or be on a 4 x 4 tour to see this wreckage as its a couple of miles down an off road track towards the beach. Having been there since it crashed in 1973 it’s definitely worth a visit. You can find directions hereIceland Sólheimasandur Plane Crash

There are two impressive waterfalls along the way. The first being Seljalandsfoss. You can even walk behind this waterfall – but be warned, you will get soaked!

Iceland Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

The second waterfall is Skogafoss, one of Iceland’s largest waterfalls at 60m high and 25m wide waterfall. There are stairs that you can climb to view the waterfall from above the drop. (Be warned – that’s 60m of stairs, I was quite out of breath!)

Iceland Skogafoss Waterfall

Lastly on our day trip was Myrdalsjokull Glacier – probably my favourite part of the day. We had no idea there was glaciers anywhere near Vík í Mýrdal, but this glacier is so blue that we spotted it from the road whilst driving along. We were absolutely gutted that we could not squeeze visiting the Glacier Lagoon in to our time in Iceland but it’s a good 2 day trip from Reykjavik. So when we spotted Myrdalsjokull Glacier we were so excited that we might get to tick glaciers off our bucket list. And we did!

There are Glacial tours available but if you are not interested in any of that you can just take a walk from the carpark to the base of the glacier and it is just as stunning. The glacier is so blue and stands proudly on the volcanic rock surrounding it.

If you have time, I highly recommend visiting – it’s an amazing place to meet a glacier for the first time!

Iceland Myrdalsjokull Glacier

Iceland Myrdalsjokull Glacier

Iceland Myrdalsjokull Glacier

Iceland Myrdalsjokull Glacier

Iceland Myrdalsjokull Glacier