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Vík

Vík / Mýrdalshreppur
Vík is Iceland's most southerly village and one of the most popular tourist sites in Iceland. Although this community of about 450 inhabitants faces the open Atlantic, Vík is the only seaside settlement in Iceland left without a harbour due to natural circumstances. The average precipitation in Vík is high compared to Iceland This is, however, not always the case as the weather here changes very rapidly, the sun comes back out, and therefore rainbows are probably more frequent and vivid here than anywhere else.


Dyrhólaey, where the unique rock arch is found, is a 120-m-high promontory in the western part of the Mýrdalur district. Dyrhólaey is Iceland's most southerly tip. North of Vík rises the bulk of the 700 km2 Mýrdalsjökull glacier, Iceland's fourth largest. Approximately 600 meters below the ice lies the dormant sub-glacial volcano Katla. Katla is one of Iceland's most active volcanoes, and has on average erupted twice a century, the last occasion being in 1918.


On the south slopes of Reynisfjall can be found beautiful basalt-lava rock formations and sea-made caves. The historical palagonite mountains of Pétursey, Hjörleifshöfđi and Hafursey stand towering over the surrounding black expanse. A valley glacier from Mýrdalsjökull, Sólheimajökull, marks the westernmost part of the district. The river Jökulsá on Sólheimasandur originates from hot springs beneath the glacier. The river's strong smell of sulphuric hydrogen sulphide has also earned it the name of Fúlilćkur (Stinky River).


Thakgil is located between Höfđabrekkuafrétti and Mýrdalssandur. The name "Ţakgil", ţak meaning roof and gil meaning canyon, and as the name suggests the weather is usually very good. On site, there are a lot of beautiful hiking routes fit for almost everyone. Camping site, bathrooms and shower are also available. The dining room is a naturally formed cave, and inside of it there is a grill and a fireplace. You can also drive up the Kerlingardalur canyon where the movie "Beowulf" was filmed. The views at the higher vantage points here are stunning.


Vík has good travel services and offers plenty of camping and hotel space (one Edda Hotel is found here). Among the many aspects of Vík that make it attractive to tourists are the increasingly popular sea-and-land trips in the above-mentioned boats; sight-seeing flights; snowmobile trips, ice-climbing and dogsledding on the Mýrdalsjökull glacier; excellent salmon and trout fishing; horseback riding, a wool center, a fish farm/retail outlet of smoked salmon (arctic char in Fagridalur) to list a few. Few other places in Iceland offer as many contrasts of nature as Mýrdalur. The area is therefore an ideal place to visit for those travelers who want to enjoy good travel services and the best of what the country's natural environment has to offer.

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Vík
GPS Points N63° 25' 15.205" W19° 0' 31.996"
Postal codes

870,871

Population

511 in municipal

Website www.vik.is

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Dyrholaey
Dyrhólaey is a 120-metre high promontory, not far from Vík. The place got its name from the massive arch that the sea has eroded from the headland. (The name literally means "door-hole"). When the sea is calm, big boats can sail through it. There has even been a maniacal daredevil pilot that flew through the arch with a small-craft airplane! From the top of Dyrhólaey there is a great view. The headland is thought to have been made in an underwater volcanic eruption late in the glacial period, not unlike the eruption of Surtsey. Several outcrops are in the sea, the highest one called Háidrangur ("High column") is 56 m. high. Dyrhólaey has been a natural reserve since 1978. The promontory is widely known among sailors as "Portland", and English trawler fishermen ubeach where one can climb (at your own risk). According to legend the Reynisdrangar needles were formed when two trolls were trying to drag a three-masted ship to land. When daylight broke they turned to stone. The Needles can be seen clearly from the village of Vík and are 66 meters above sea level at their highest. In one of the many caves here - there is a local legend about a monster having lived here for many centuries. The monster seems to have disappeared after a landslide over 100 years ago?sed to call it "Blow hole". There are also amazing rock formations all along the Birdlife here is abundant, with puffins and eider ducks being the most common species in the area. The lighthouse on the top of the cliff stands impressive and stoic in this often very windy area. Be careful not to go too close to the ledge of this dramatic cliff. You should not miss going down to the black beach to see some of the incredible stone fissures there and to be chased by the waves in this truly extraordinary place. It is also great fun to venture down on the black beach in this area. The waves are often quite impressive and many people enjoy being chased by them up the beach. Although people have actually surfed here (under optimal conditions in wet suits), the rip tides and currents are devious and one should never attempt to go into the water! Leave the swimming to the numerous seals which one often can see in the are.
History and Culture
Brydebud

Brydebúđ is situated in the older section of Vík, on the west side of the village, below the so-called "banks". This small museum is at the roots of the mountain Reynisfjall, not far from the ocean.

The storefront was originally built in the Westman Islands in 1831 and was named Godthaabs-outlet. In the year 1895, the merchant J.P.T. Bryde bought this old storefront, had it taken apart and moved to Vik by ship.

Store business was ongoing in Brydebúđ until 1980: Bryde-store from 1895 to 1914, Ţorsteinn Ţorsteinsson & Co. from 1914 to 1926 and Kaupfélag Skaftfellinga from 1926 to 1980.

South Iceland

Towns & Villages

The south of Iceland has several towns and villages, each with its own style, charm and points of interest. Selfoss is the largest town and has a variety of shops, services, many restaurants and fast food places. Most towns are close to the main route, making them accessible and enjoyable.

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