Vík is the most southerly village in Iceland and has become one of the most popular tourist sites in the country. It is located in the Mýrdalur Valley and has around 450 inhabitants. It is interesting to note that although the village faces the vast open Atlantic ocean, it is the only seaside town in Iceland that doesn’t have a harbour but it isn’t feasible to build one due to natural conditions. The precipitation in Vík is the highest in the country which obviously means a lot of rain and fog during summer and snow during winter. This doesn’t mean that the weather is always bad as it changes all the time and if you look at the bright side, rainbows are probably more often seen here than anywhere else.
The landscapes and natural beauty in Vík and its surroundings are magnificent and have many interesting places to explore. East of the outskirts of the village lies one of Europe’s biggest arctic tern breeding grounds. The beautiful black beach, Reynisfjara, is just south of Vík and is one of the most popular places of interest in south Iceland. This unique wind-beaten volcanic beach has a very gothic and other-worldly feel to it, underpinned by local folklore. If you look west you will see Reynisdrangar, craggy basalt pillars said to be the remains of three Icelandic troll. But please be aware and don’t go to close to the sea as the tide is stronger than you might think and there have been accidents where people have been swept to sea. Dyrhólaey Island, Reynisfjall, Pétursey Island, Mýrdalsjökull glacier and many more renowned natural wonders are also situated near Vík and are sure to amaze all nature lovers and birdwatchers.
Vík has excellent travel services and offers plenty of camping sites and hotels. The opportunities for adventure are endless and the area offers sight-seeing flights, snowmobile tours, ice climbing, dog sledging on Mýrdalsjökull glacier, excellent conditions for salmon and trout fishing and horseback riding. Few other places in Iceland offer as many contrasts of nature as Vík and Mýrdalur valley and is a perfect stop for travellers that want to enjoy the best of what Iceland’s natural environment has to offer.