Sandvík

Reykjanes Peninsula , Iceland
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About a 20-minute drive from Keflavík lies a beautiful cove with a black sand beach and grassy dunes. This breathtaking place has been used as a shooting location for many movies and TV shows. The beach itself is a few hundred meters long, accessible at one end and the other end terminating in cliffs that are part of a fissure that runs through the area. A small sea lagoon lies close to the beach with beautiful grassy sand dunes in between, making this location unique and picturesque. This location is also a popular surfing location for beginners.

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Accessibility

The road to this location from the main road is a fair gravel road, good for trucks and normal vehicles. The beach, however, is not suited for normal cars and needs to be accessed by walking or 4-wheelers and other special vehicles.
Public transportation unavailable
There is no public transportation available in this area
Car recommended
Unchallenging terrain accessible by car
Excellent phone coverage
Great phone coverage without interruptions
Not needed
Guide is not needed

Services nearby

This location is in Reykjanesbær municipality and only 20 minutes from Keflavík so hotels, gas stations and convenience stores are in abundance. Nearest hospital is also in Keflavík.
Accommodation
< 30 km
Gas station
< 30 km
Hospital or emergency room
< 30 km
Parking
< 1 km
Restaurants
< 30 km
Shopping
< 30 km

Permits

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This area needs a two-way permit.
Shooting requires both the permission from the property owner and the local government permit
Reykjanes Peninsula in on UNESCO Global Geopark list
Property owner unknown

Basecamp and facilities

The best access to the beach is from the main road onto a gravel road that will lead you to a big lot that can be used as a large basecamp. 50 meters further lies a medium size lot that can also be used. There is a bit of a walk with the equipment onto the beach, or you could use 4-wheelers or similar vehicles to access the long beach. There are no facilities at this location so everything needs to be brought in. Phone coverage is excellent.

Risk factors

The sand is thick and tiresome to walk in. The waves can be treacherous in certain weathers. If trucks and vehicles drive off the gravel road, they can easily get stuck in the black ash sand.

Visitors

The area is a low tourist attraction and those who stop tend to stay only a short while. This area is also very popular with locals playing with mud motorcycles and 4-wheelers, so the area needs to be closed off for bigger productions.

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