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This is another picture from the beach at Vik, on the south coast of Iceland.
I was attracted to the ring of surf left by the breaking waves on the black volcanic sand.
The sea stacks in the top right of the picture are the famous Reynisdrangar, also visible here.

A little more info about Vík from Wikipedia:

The village Vík (full name Vík í Mýrdal) in the south of Iceland is indicated on road signs from a long distance (about 180 km from Reykjavík), despite its small size (about 300 inhabitants). It is an important service center for the inhabitants and tourists around the Mýrdalsjökull glacier.
A remarkable feature is the beautiful black beach with the Reynisdrangar, black basalt columns sculpted by the sea. A folk tale says that they are former trolls which were caught outside at dawn. The sea around them is rather wild and stormy, so travelers will not be surprised to discover a monument to the memory of drowned seamen at the beach. The American journal Islands Magazine counted this beach as one of the ten most beautiful beaches on Earth in 1991. The town is the wettest place in Iceland.
The near-by mountain Reynisfjall is very famous in ornithology circles. Many species of birds are to be seen there in summer, especially puffins. These may also be observed at the peninsula Dyrhólaey some kilometres away.
The village of Vík has another notable characteristic, one which may cause inconvenience to visitors. The risk of rainy days here is higher than in all the rest of Iceland.

For further information on my Iceland trip see my Iceland 2007 travelogue.

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