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Vík

Mýrdalshreppur is one of the three municipalities within Katla Geopark, a UNESCO Global geopark. Vík in Mýrdalshreppur is situated in the center of the Geopark and is also Iceland's southernmost village. The muncicipality is bordered by Mýrdalsjökull glacier to the north, Jökulsá river to the west, Blautakvísl river to the east and black sand beaches to the south. Due to the sandy beaches and rough seas, Vík remains Iceland's only sea-side village which has no harbour. Despite the lack of port, it has for long been an important trading post for farmers along the south coast of Iceland.

Activities

The Vík area is truly a place of outdoor adventures. Mýrdalsjökull glacier offers opportunities such as guided glacier hikes, year-round ice cave explorations, glacier-lagoon kayaking and snowobiling near Katla volcano. The adrenaline will surely kick in on an ATV tour on the black sand beaches of Sólheimasandur; Zip-lining down a canyon or floating in the air in a thrilling paragliding adventure. For those who prefer to have both feet on the ground, there are numerous hiking routes in the area and a golf course in beautiful scenery at the outskirts of Vík. Last but not least, a horse riding tour along the black sand beach overlooking Reynisdrangar sea stacks is an unforgettable experience.

Museums and exhibitions

The Icelandic Lava Show is the only place in the world where you can safely see molten lava at 1100 degrees Celcius. It is a unique exhibition which no visitor should miss. At Katla center, you will find a free exhibition about Katla volcano and the global geopark the town is situated in. The town's unique seafaring history is depicted in the Skaftfellingur maritime museum, whose centerpiece is undoubtedly the wooden ship Skaftfellingur which was used to freight products and people along the harbourless coast up until the mid 20th century.

Hiking

Nestled between the black sands and the white glacier cap are grassy hills and mountains. A walk up Reynisfjall mountain is a local favorite, providing views over the Atlantic and close proximity to gorgeous bird cliffs. A walk up Hatta mountain will in addition give you a view over the glacier and Heiðarvatn lake. On Hjörleifshöfði cape you will find ruins of an old farm and a viking burial mound. A drive to Þakgil canyon (accessible in summer only) will provide you with even more hiking opportunities. You will find maps and information about hiking and activities at the Katla information center at Víkurbraut 28, Vík.

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

870,871

Population

695 in municipal

Website www.vik.is

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Others

Arcanum Adventure Tours
Winter adventure
  • Ytri-Sólheimar 1
  • 871 Vík
  • 487-1500
Vikhorseadventure
Day Tours
  • Smiðjuvegur 6
  • 870 Vík
  • 787 9605
Volcano Hotel
Hotels
  • Ketilsstaðaskóli
  • 871 Vík
  • 486-1200
Walk and Talk with My Uncle
Day Tour Provider
  • Farmehouse Lodge, Skeiðflöt
  • 871 Vík
  • 699-2682
Ingi Már Björnsson
Day Tours
  • Suður-Foss
  • 871 Vík
  • 894-9422, 487-1494
True Adventure
Day Tours
  • Suðurvíkurvegur 5
  • 870 Vík
  • 698-8890
Eyrarland Visitor Centre
Museums
  • Eyrarland
  • 871 Vík
  • 821-1316
Mountain Excursion
Hiking Tours - Hiking
  • Ketilsstaðaskóli
  • 871 Vík
  • 897-7737
Vík Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Klettsvegur
  • 870 Vík
  • 694-1700, 861-2299
Icelandic Lava Show
Museums
  • Víkurbraut 5
  • 870 Vík
  • 823-7777
Hotel Katla - Keahotels
Hotels
  • Höfðabrekka
  • 871 Vík
  • 487-1208

Others

Volcano Hotel
Hotels
  • Ketilsstaðaskóli
  • 871 Vík
  • 486-1200
Puffin Hostel Vík
Hostels
  • Víkurbraut 26
  • 870 Vík
  • 467-1212
Hótel Dyrhólaey country hotel
Hotels
  • Mýrdalur
  • 871 Vík
  • 487-1333
Hotel Katla - Keahotels
Hotels
  • Höfðabrekka
  • 871 Vík
  • 487-1208
Þakgil
Cottages
  • Þakgil
  • 871 Vík
  • 893-4889
Puffin Apartments
Apartments
  • Víkurbraut 26
  • 870 Vík
  • 467-1212
Farmhouse Lodge
Guesthouses
  • Skeiðflöt
  • 871 Vík
  • 571-5879
Giljur
Guesthouses
  • Giljum
  • 871 Vík
  • 866-0176
Sólheimahjáleiga
Guesthouses
  • Mýrdal
  • 871 Vík
  • 487-1320, 864-2919, 487-1305
Guesthouse Ársalir
Guesthouses
  • Austurvegur 7
  • 870 Vík
  • 487-1400, 866-7580
Vestri Pétursey II
Cottages
  • Mýrdal
  • 871 Vík
  • 487-1307, 893-9907, 845-9907
Guesthouse Vellir
Guesthouses
  • Mýrdalur
  • 871 Vík
  • 487-1312, 849-9204
Steig
Guesthouses
  • Mýrdalur
  • 871 Vík
  • 487-1324, 868-7651
Guesthouse Reynir
Guesthouses
  • Reyni
  • 871 Vík
  • 894-9788, 487-1434
Nordur-Hvammur accommodation
Farm Holidays
  • Norður-Hvammur
  • 871 Vík
  • 698-9381, 588-0810
Guesthouse Görðum
Guesthouses
  • Garðar
  • 871 Vík
  • 487-1260, 776-7098
Guesthouse Gallery Vik
Guesthouses
  • Bakkabraut 6
  • 870 Vík
  • 487-1231, 849-1224
Like Vik Guesthouse
Bed & Breakfast
  • Suðurvíkurvegur 8a
  • 870 Vík
  • 898-8274
Víkurbraut 10
Bed & Breakfast
  • Víkurbraut 10
  • 870 Vík
Brekkur 1
Farm Holidays
  • Brekkur 1
  • 871 Vík
Hvammból Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Hvammból
  • 871 Vík
Grand Guesthouse Garðakot
Guesthouses
  • Garðakot
  • 871 Vík
  • 894-2877
Puffin Hotel Vik
Guesthouses
  • Víkurbraut 26
  • 870 Vík
  • 467-1212
Eystri Sólheimar
Farm Holidays
  • Mýrdalur
  • 871 Vík
  • 487-1316
Vík Camping Ground
Camping
  • Klettsvegur
  • 870 Vík
  • 487-1345, 662-2716

Others

Puffin Hotel Vik
Guesthouses
  • Víkurbraut 26
  • 870 Vík
  • 467-1212
Guesthouse Ársalir
Guesthouses
  • Austurvegur 7
  • 870 Vík
  • 487-1400, 866-7580
Hótel Dyrhólaey country hotel
Hotels
  • Mýrdalur
  • 871 Vík
  • 487-1333
Halldórskaffi Café
Cafés
  • Víkurbraut 28
  • 870 Vík
  • 487-1202, 847-8844
Hotel Katla - Keahotels
Hotels
  • Höfðabrekka
  • 871 Vík
  • 487-1208
Fagridalur
Farm food direct
  • Fagridalur
  • 871 Vík
  • 487-1105, 893-7205
Víkurskáli
Tour Operators
  • Austurvegur 18
  • 870 Vík
  • 487-1230
Nature
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. Alternating in an irregular manner are layers of tuff, pillow lava and columnar basalt veins and loops. Reynisdrangar stacks are a collection of 66 m high rock pillars that rise out of the sea and are of the same geological formation as Reynisfjall. On Reynisfjöru beach, very beautiful basalt formations in the south part of the mountain can be seen, and there you will find an exceedingly beautiful cave called Hálsanefshellir.

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Nature
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.

Nature
Hjorleifshofdi

Hjörleifshöfði or "Hjörleifur´s Headland" is a 221 m tuff rock promontory in the southwestern part of Mýrdalssandur, formed in the latter part of the Last ice age, by an eruption under the glacier.

History and Culture
Brydebud

Brydebúð 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 Brydebúð until 1980: Bryde-store from 1895 to 1914, Þorsteinn Þorsteinsson & 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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Map Höfn Kirkjubæjarklaustur Vík Vestmannaeyjar Hvolsvöllur Flúðir Laugarvatn Reykholt Laugarás Borg Brautarholt Hveragerði Árnes Selfoss Hella Stokkseyri Eyrarbakki Þykkvibær Þórlákshöfn