Vik’s beach beauty

I remember seeing the south coast of Iceland for the first time. The car stopped and I just sat still, I was just like WHAT? I didn’t know that that kind of landscape existed. It was not “better than I expected”, it wasn’t “just as amazing as on the pictures”, it was completely surreal, impressive and surprising.

vik beach trace wave sea

I know it can be annoying when people just ramble on about a place, saying clichés stuff like “a must see”, “unforgettable”, and so on. But Iceland’s south coast, and more particularly Vik’s beach, was truly that for me : a blow to the mind, something that I won’t ever forget, the epitome of natural beauty.

vik beach moon color light

Picture this : beautiful white snow on the ground, abruptly becoming dark black sand, and then the sea. Huge powerful waves, a thick white foam reaching far on the black sand. The waves came crashing down with such a force that the droplets of water created the permanent illusion of a veil of mist at the edge of the sea. Add to this the winter sun, never far above the horizon and thus giving such a particular light, and you’ll understand why I was just blown away by Iceland.

vik beach sunset light wave steam

The black sand beach near Vik is one of the most popular tourist attraction, because of its sheer beauty, and I wasn’t disappointed. I went there twice, once at sunset and another time at sunrise, just to see the light playing on the waves once more.

vik beach sun light snow sunset

The huge basalt columns so oddly shaped were capped with snow, the cave facing the sea was full of stalactites. On the beach, a girl in a wedding dress was posing for the picture (crazy, she couldn’t move anymore at some point because she was so cold), a bunch of Japanese were running behind an expensive drone, smiling wide and shouting words I couldn’t understand, a photographer went as far as letting the freezing waves drench him and his tripod to get his perfect shot. Some people were climbing the basalt columns, taking pictures, having fun running from the fast waves, …

vik beach photography

In their own way, everybody was appreciating the beauty of the place. I took some pictures, because for once I felt it was necessary, and looked, looked, looked as much as I could. I tried to use my time there to print the place in my head, giving attention to every detail. To the colors, sounds, smells, feelings, everything. In warmer weather, I would have spent my whole day sitting down on this beach. As things were, I had a limited amount of time outside before my face started going numb and my fingers painful.

Photo credit : Billy Young.

Photo credit : Billy Young.

Once I was gone, it already seemed like a weird thing that I was making up more than something real. I looked at the pictures several times since, wondering if I had not built that place up in my head. But I don’t think I have. Whenever I think of Iceland, I think of Vik’s beach. Whenever I think of beauty, I think of Vik’s beach.

vik beach snow moon color light

That one will be hard to top.

For your Pinterest Board!

For your Pinterest Board!

2 Comments on Vik’s beach beauty

  1. Hi 🙂 Ii is actually not a Vik beach. The name is Reynisfjara – the black beach. Have you been in Vik and seen the coast? It is completely another thing.
    By the way – great pictures! 🙂
    Regards, Dorota

    • Thank you Dorota! I know it’s Reynisfjara, but as it’s the most famous one and near Vik, we called it “Vik’s beach” when talking to other travelers, but yeah you’re right it might lead to confusion!

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