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Black Beach

Reynisfjara black-sand beach, south coast of Iceland This photograph depicts one of Iceland’s volcanic black-sand beaches, located near Vík. Icelandic folklore associates the basalt columns off this coast with trolls, turned into stone while trying to pull ships from the ocean to the shore.  The area is infamous for the dangerous ‘sneaker waves’ that gain momentum over the large, uninterrupted distance between this southern coastline and Antarctica.