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Vik

The Southernmost village in Iceland

Vik is the southernmost village in Iceland situated 110 kilometers from Reykjavík close, it is situated just south of the Katla volcano, which sits beneath the Mýrdalsjökull glacier. It is said that if Katla were to erupt causing a large glacial flood, known as a jökulhlaup, the only building left standing in Vík would be the beautiful church high on the hillside. This is a place where the whims of nature, and volcanoes in particularly, have had a huge influence. When Eyjafjallajökull erupted in 2010 this village suffered more greatly from the ash fall than any other.

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 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?

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. Other interesting places in the area include Skógafoss waterfall (33.7 km), Skaftafell (140 km), Fontana Spa/Laugavatn (167 km) and the black sand beach at Reynisfjara (10.6 km).

Tours visiting Vik