Skip to content

Or try searching by Category and/or Location

Hafnleysa Maritime Museum

- Museums

Vík is a seaside village with a rich maritime history, like the majority of Icelandic villages. However, what sets it apart is the fact that it has never had a harbour. The harsh waves and the shallow shores make it nearly impossible for ships to approach the land without stranding. And many ships did, in fact, strand on the black sands of the south coast.

The Hafnleysa Maritime Museum depicts the extraordinary maritime history of the south coast. Its centerpiece and namesake is the Skaftfellingur ship, which brought people and products along the south coast from 1918 to 1939. It then served on the Atlantic in WWII and is renowned for saving a crew from a sinking German U-464 submarine in 1942. In the year 2001, Sigrún Jónsdóttir, a famous artist from Vík, salvaged the remains of Skaftfellingur and brought it home to Vík. She had a deep emotional connection with the ship, and if it were not for her, visitors might never have been able to see it up close and learn about its fascinating history.

The museum is ideal for families. Kids can try on costumes, see the ship up close, learn about its history, and watch a documentary with historical footage from Vík.

In the summer of 2023, the artist Macjie Lenda painted a beautiful mural on the museum to honor all the fantastic, hardworking people who made the foundation for Vík as a village at the beginning of the 20th century.

Entrance fee:
Adults: 500 ISK (free for seniors).
12-16 year-olds: 200 ISK
Children under 12: Free entrance
20% discount for groups of 8 or more.

Hafnleysa Maritime Museum

Hafnleysa Maritime Museum

Vík is a seaside village with a rich maritime history, like the majority of Icelandic villages. However, what sets it apart is the fact that it has ne
Katla Visitor Centre

Katla Visitor Centre

 In the old heart of Vík, you will find the historical Brydebúð building, housing the Katla Visitor Centre.  Encounter the geology of the Katla UNESCO
Katla UNESCO Global Geopark

Katla UNESCO Global Geopark

Katla Geopark includes geological features of global significance. Over 150 volcanic eruptions have been recorded in the area since the 9th century. T
Smidjan brugghus

Smidjan brugghus

Smiðjan brugghús is a microbrewery and a restaurant, and it was founded by a group of family and friends in 2017. It is in the heart of our beautiful
True Adventure

True Adventure

True Adventure Paragliding Imagine soaring through the air, feeling the wind rush past you and the world fall away beneath your feet. That's the passi
Icelandic Lava Show

Icelandic Lava Show

Icelandic Lava Show is the first and only live lava show in the world. The show is located at Víkurbraut 5 in the beautiful village of Vík on the Sout
Vík Swimming Pool

Vík Swimming Pool

Zipline Iceland

Zipline Iceland

Zipline adventure in Vík Get ready for an unforgettable adventure in Vík! Ziplining through Grafargil is an absolute must-do for thrill-seekers. You'l
VÍK

VÍK

Mýrdalshreppur is one of the three municipalities within Katla Geopark, a UNESCO Global Geopark. Vík in Mýrdalshreppur is situated in the center of th
Katlatrack

Katlatrack

Katlatrack was estabilished in the spring of 2009 with the goal of providing diverse forms of recreation in the south of Iceland. The founder of Katla
Birds of South Iceland

Birds of South Iceland

Birds of South Iceland is a program offering excellent year-round services for birdwatchers. South Iceland has a great deal to offer visiting birdwatc
Ströndin Pub Vík

Ströndin Pub Vík

Ströndin Pub Vík is a modern pub where you can come and relax after a long day exploring beautiful Iceland.  Because of our great location just a few
Hotel Vík í Mýrdal

Hotel Vík í Mýrdal

In an impeccable South Iceland hotel location, with striking views of the cliffs, the sea and the Reynisdrangar rock pillars, Hotel Vík í Mýrdal has p
Hótel Kría

Hótel Kría

Hotel Kría is a new hotel opened during the summer of 2018 in the charming town of Vík in Mýrdalur Valley. The Hotel features beautifully decorated ro
Black Beach Restaurant

Black Beach Restaurant

The Black Beach restaurant and coffee house is located in one of the most amazing nature highlights of the south, Reynisfjara. In a short walking dist
Reynisfjara, Reynisfjall og Reynisdrangar

Reynisfjara, Reynisfjall og Reynisdrangar

Reynisfjall is a 340 m high tuff mountain arising out of a volcanic eruption from under a glacier in the penultimate Ice Age, near the village of Vik.

Other (22)

Black crust pizzeria Austurvegur 16 870 Vík 854-6611
Guesthouse Carina Mýrarbraut 13 870 Vík 6990961
Guesthouse Gallery Vik Bakkabraut 6 870 Vík 487-1231
Guesthouse Norður-Vík Suðurvíkurvegur 5b 870 Vík 3548672
Guesthouse Ársalir Austurvegur 7 870 Vík 487-1400
Halldórskaffi Café Víkurbraut 28 870 Vík 487-1202
Háigarður Kirkjuvegur 1 870 Vík
Puffin Hostel Vík Víkurbraut 26 870 Vík 467-1212
Puffin Hotel Vik Víkurbraut 26 870 Vík 467-1212
The Soup Company Víkurbraut 5 870 Vík 778-9717
Veitingahúsið Suður-Vík Suðurvíkurvegur 1 870 Vík 487-1515
Vik HI Hostel Suðurvíkurvegur 5 870 Vík 867-2389
VikHorseAdventure Smiðjuvegur 6 870 Vík 787-9605
Vík Camping Ground Klettsvegur 7 870 Vík 487 1345
Vík Golf Club Klettsvegur 870 Vík 841-1772
Víkurprjón - Icewear Icelandic wool Austurvegi 20 870 Vík 585-8522
Black Beach Suites Norður Foss 871 Vík 779-1166
Guesthouse Görðum Garðar 871 Vík 487-1260
Guesthouse Reynir Reyni 871 Vík 894-9788
Ingi Már Björnsson Suður-Foss 871 Vík 894-9422
Presthús evening sun guesthouse Presthús 2 871 Vík 7772909
The Barn Norður Foss 871 Vík 779 -166