Reynisfjara Beach Facts
- Without a doubt, Reynisfjara Beach ranks as one of the most unusual beaches in the world, and also one of the most isolated known to man.
- But its isolation also helps this geological wonder to remain relatively pristine. Very few tourists choose to brave the environmental conditions of its location, so tourism stays rather limited.
- We have been there – check out our photo in our OBP Around the World gallery.
- The waves in the area stay extremely powerful and rather unpredictable. Previously, numerous fatalities also occurred there among those attempting to swim in the dangerous waters.
- As a result of the unique landscape, numerous science fiction and horror movie filmmakers continue to use the site for filming movies.
Reynisfjara Beach Location and Geological Description
Reynisfjara Beach sits roughly 112 mi (180 km) from Reykjavik, in Iceland, in Europe, and faces the cold, open waters of the northern Atlantic Ocean. This incredible site stretches for about 3.1 mi (5 km).
Most noteworthy is the fact that the beach actually has an astonishing black color. That occurs due to is composition of basalt, gradually eroded with the relentless passage of time.
In addition, the location continues to be famous for the presence of incredible stone features just offshore. These constitute black basalt columns known as Reynisdrangar, which began as enormous volcanic boulders.
Since their expulsion from the earth ages ago, erosion occurred from the action of wind and waves. This subsequently created the incredible shapes found there today.
Reynisfjara Beach Climate and Ecology
The climatic conditions at Reynisfjara Beach remain extreme, usually enough to dissuade investigation by all but the most ardent beach fans.
It also rains there an average of 340 days per year, making it the wettest place in Iceland. And it already rains in Iceland a lot.
One magazine named the location one of the 10 most outstanding non-tropical beaches on earth, in 1991. This was despite (or perhaps as a result of) these conditions.
Surprisingly, rather than being devoid of wildlife, the location teems with a variety of birds. These include fulmars, guillemots, and puffins, showcasing the extraordinary adaptability of Nature.