South Coast, Iceland
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Only 10 minutes from Þorlákshöfn municipality, and 4 minutes from the village of Eyrarbakki, lies a fantastic black sand beach, surrounded by black sand dunes. The beach is 7 kilometers long with beautiful surf. Unlike other similar black beaches in Iceland, this beach has relatively shallow waters with gradual depths. This also makes it one of the best beginner’s beaches for surfing in Iceland. On a hill by the beach is a restaurant with a spectacular view of the area. The restaurant is also one of the best ways to access the location with equipment.

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There are a few roads that lead to this location. Some of them are gravel/sand roads and it would be wise to use 4x4 vehicles. However, there are two other places where you can easily access the beach on any kind of vehicle, by the restaurant and by the bridge. Driving on the beach is not allowed.
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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 Ölfus municipality and only 15 minutes from Selfoss, 10 minutes from Þorlákshöfn, so hotels, gas stations and convenience stores are in abundance. Nearest hospital is also in Selfoss.
< 30 km
Gas station
< 30 km
Hospital or emergency room
< 30 km
< 1 km
< 30 km
< 30 km


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This area needs a two-way permit.
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Basecamp and facilities

There are a few areas along the beach that can function as basecamps, depending on where you are filming. There is a big parking lot just by the biggest sand dunes, 6.6 kilometers from Þorlákshöfn, where sand mining is done. 3.3 kilometers further, in direction of Eyrarbakki village, is a restaurant on a hill with a big parking lot that has been used as basecamps numerous times. You can also rent the restaurant for holding and canteen. 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.


The area is a low tourist attraction but popular outdoors area for the locals that take long walks and even ride horses on the beach. It is also a well-known surfing area.

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