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Mýrdalssandur is a vast black outwash desert in the southern part of Iceland. The sand and plains are made from volcanic ash, with two of the south’s biggest glacier rivers on either side. There are not many other places like this in Iceland, the wild and rugged character of this location has been featured in many films and commercials. Mýrdalssandur has a sumptuous 35-kilometer coastline where the waves are in stark contrast to the pitch-black sands.

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Route no 1 takes you along the plains. Other roads, leading into the plains and to the beaches, are sandy and might very well need 4x4 or specialised vehicles.
Public transportation unavailable
There is no public transportation available in this area
4x4 required
Challenging terrain accessible only by off-road vehicles with high ground clearance
Good phone coverage
Generally good phone coverage without any major interruptions
Not needed
Guide is not needed

Services nearby

Close to Vík and Kirkjubæjarklaustur, so hotels, gas stations and convenience stores are in abundance. The southcoast has many guesthouses and lodgings. Nearest hospital is in Selfoss, ca. 150 kilometers away.
< 30 km
Gas station
< 30 km
Hospital or emergency room
More than 50 km away
< 1 km
< 30 km
< 30 km


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You need a three-way permit. Part of the sand is government-owned, other parts are privately owned, depending on where you shoot. At the biggest tourist sites, tourist companies manage the locations and need to be notified or a permission obtained from them. Mýrdalssandur is a part of Katla UNESCO Global Geopark.
Shooting requires both the permission from the property owner and the local government permit

Basecamp and facilities

There are several areas along the sand that can be used as basecamps, tech bases or offloading parking lots, depending on where you shoot. A few roads lead to the coast but need to be scouted specially with our amazing location managers for the best way to access where you want to film. Phone coverage is good.

Risk factors

The waves and surf at this part of the country tend to be treacherous. The beaches have steep banks underwater that make for big waves, and it is dangerous to go close to the sea. The sand can also be strenuous to work in and walk through.


Mýrdalssandur is on Iceland’s most frequented route, the south coast, so many tourists go through here. There are a few famous landmarks that are very popular tourist attractions, where people stop for a long time, hike and take in the scenery. With the right permit, you could easily manage your location within the area.

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