This stop along the Ring Road completely surprised me. Like most stops off the Ring Road, I couldn't really see where we were going until we were right up on the basalt pillars. I had never seen anything like this before. Right along the beach sat these insanely large blocks of basalt pillowing one on top of the other. At times, they formed caves and other times they formed seemingly vertical steps.
Iceland as a whole and in particular the South Eastern side of the island is known as "the land of fire and ice." With geysers and glaciers accommodating for the "ice", and volcanic activity being the "fire." This is the reason for all of the black sand beaches and even the black striations in the glacier ice.
A result of slow-cooling lava flow, these basalt fractured rocks are well worth the visit. It is such a unique experience to see where hot lava meets the cooling of the arctic waters. The black pebble beach alone is worth a visit just to take in the ocean and the scenery all around you. I loved this stop and recommend it for your drive along the Ring Road. Here are a few shots taken at the Reynisfjara Basalt Columns and Beach: