Reynisfjara black sand beach is one of the most famous black sand beaches of Iceland. The beach lies on the south coast of Iceland, close to the small town of Vík í Mýrdal. It is about 180 km away from Reykjavík. The sand of Reynisfjara’s beach, and many other beaches in Iceland, is black because of Iceland’s history of volcanic activity. Over the years, the North Atlantic Ocean water gradually eroded hardened lava rocks and created the black sand as a result.
This fine art photograph in black & white was taken from an elevated position at the west side of Reynisfjara beach. It was close to sunset on a day with rather moody weather. A longer exposure time smoothened the incoming water of the North Atlantic Ocean. Besides that, it enhanced the contrast between the black sand beach of Reynisfjara and the white water created by the ocean. As a result, the white water curve leads the eye towards the Reynisdrangar basalt sea stacks and the rest of the coastline on the horizon. This Icelandic coastal landscape photo begged for a black & white treatment. It strengthens the photo in many ways.
The area around the black sand beach of Reynisfjara is a great place to photograph coastal landscapes like this one. There are many beaches that each give a unique view of the Icelandic coast, its sea stacks and arches. Additionally, there are various points where you get a bird’s eye view of the beautiful Icelandic landscape.
Please visit our Black & White Photography portfolio for more fine art photographs like this one. Alternatively, check out our Nordic Landscape Photography portfolio to see more landscape photos taken in the Nordics, including more photographs from Iceland.