Black sand

Icelandic sands are usually black lending the scenery a dark desolate appearance. Black sands are not so common in other places.

Black sand- Black desert

The Icelandic sands are composed of volcanic minerals and lava. These sands can be found on the coasts of volcanic islands such as Hawai,  the Canary Islands, the Aleutians, to name a few.


Black sands are nice backgrounds for photographing people. Here is Aldís who loves the barren interior of Iceland. It’s raining and the wind is blowing but that only makes the experience more  worthwhile.


The sand  is black because many volcanic minerals and rocks are dark-coloured. Common rock types of volcanic islands are basalt, andesite and volcanic glass.  Minerals such as pyroxene, amphibole and iron oxide also lend the sand its black colour.