The coastal village Vik
Vík is an important service in this part of Iceland. There are cafes and restaurants, a variety of shops, accommodation and all main services. Many tours which travel through South Iceland make a stop at Vík giving an opportunity to explore this scenic and welcoming village.
The nearby cliffs are home to many seabirds and are one of the best places in Iceland to see puffins. The nearby Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach is a place of wild and dramatic beauty where the roaring waves of the Atlantic Ocean power ashore with tremendous force. In 1991 Reynisfjara appeared on the top ten list of the most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world. Standing on the beach here is akin to being in a natural amphitheater where the white water of the wild Atlantic waves provides the show. This is a place of great beauty which will remind you that can never be far from the powerful forces of nature which shaped Iceland. Marvel at the power of the ocean but do not stand too close – those powerful waves deserve your respect!
Vik Iceland has around 300 inhabitants making it the largest settlement in the area, it is part of the Mýrdalshreppur Municipality, and a little confusingly it is also known as Vík í Mýrdal.
Where is Vik located? How to get to Vík?
Vík is situated on the coast in South Iceland 179 km from Reykjavík, 142 km from Hveragerði and 129 km from Selfoss. You just need to follow Highway 1 (the Ring Road) in a southerly direction all the way. For those traveling from an easterly direction, Egilsstaðir is 448 km, Höfn 272 km and Jökulsárlón is 192 km. The
The Church at Vík
The white church with the red roof standing high on a mountain above the village has become a totem. You rarely see a photo of Vík where the church isn’t standing out in some way and once you have seen it you shouldn’t wonder why. It’s a stunning statue-like building and certainly adds a unique charm to the small village. The church is called Víkurkirkja (basically the church of Vík) and was built in the years 1932-1934, about time since a priest had been in the village since 1911. It is still today actively used and the priest of the congregation, called Víkursókn, is now Sr. Haraldur M Kristjánsson.
Fun fact: If Katla volcano would erupt the church is believed to still be okay and would likely stand it off due to its high location.
Interesting places near Vík?
- Hjörleifshöfði and the “Yoda Cave”
- The Plane wreck at Sólheimasandur
- Kötlujökull glacier
- Mýrdalsjökull glacier
- Sólheimajökull glacier
- The Ice Cave under the Volcano
Which glacier is the closest to Vík?
The mighty Mýrdalsjökull is the glacier closest to Vík. It is the “mother-glacier” to both Sólheimajökull hiking paradise and Kötlujökull the new found the home to natural ice caves.
Sólheimajökull is where we offer glacier hiking tours and out popular Blue Ice tour takes place there.
Kötlujökull, on the other hand, is where “the Ice Cave under the Volcano” takes place and is available with pick up from Vík, making it the ultimate Vík tour.
The famous volcano Katla is located inside the Mýrdalsjökull glacier and sits there quietly waiting to go off. The epic volcano trail Fimmvörðuháls is also located in between Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glacier so you can easily say that this glacier is very ‘volcanic’.
Reynisfjara and Dyrhólaey
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach is the most famous black sand beach in Iceland and has even been named one of the top ten most stunning non-tropical beached in the world a few times. This place of great mystique and natural powers is an attraction no one visiting Iceland can let pass. The roaring waves, stunning black basalt columns, the alluring basalt stacks, Reynisdrangar, in the ocean and the magical carved cave in Reynisfjall mountain are just some of the reasons people keep raving about this place. The only thing you need to keep in mind is not to get to close to the ocean, the waves can snatch you pretty quickly and if so even the fittest of swimmers are in trouble.
Dyrhólaey or Door Hill Island is an unbelievably beautiful small peninsula or a mountain arch standing in the ocean near Vík. It is about 120 meters and was formerly known as Cape Portland by the seamen that used to sail the surrounding waters. The view over Dyrhólaey is stunning but the view from it is no different. To the North, you have the robust Mýrdalsjökull glacier and then in the East, you have the dazzling black lava basalt columns Reynisdrangar and in the West, the whole South coastline meets your eyes so the vista will not disappoint. The cherry on top being that in front of you is the black arch that gave the “island” its name.
In Summertime puffins are known to hang out at Dyrhólaey and the place is known to be a good location to spot them!
Most Popular Restaurants in Vík
- Restaurant Sudur-Vik
Suðurvíkurvegur 1, 870 Vík.
12 pm to 9 pm every day.
Víkurbraut 28, 870 Vík.
12 pm to 9 pm every day.
- Berg Restaurant
Icelandair Hotel, Klettsvegur 1, 870 Vík.
Berg restaurant is open from 6 pm to 10 pm every day 1. of May – 30. September and 6 pm to 9 pm 1. October – 30. April.