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.