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Ströndin

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Ströndin

Austurvegur 18

GPS Points N63° 25' 3.422" W19° 0' 5.116"
Telephone

+354 487-1230

Opening period All year

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Others

Vik Horse Adventure
Day Tours
  • Smiðjuvegur 6
  • 870 Vík
  • 787-9605
Ingi Már Björnsson
Day Tours
  • Suður-Foss
  • 871 Vík
  • 894-9422, 487-1494
Mountain Excursion
Hiking Tours - Hiking
  • Ketilsstaðaskóli
  • 871 Vík
  • 897-7737
Vík Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Klettsvegur
  • 870 Vík
  • 694-1700, 861-2299
Arcanum / Icelandic Mountain Guides
Winter adventure
  • Stórhöfði 33
  • 110 Reykjavík
  • 587-9999
Volcano Hotel
Hotels
  • Ketilsstaðaskóli
  • 871 Vík
  • 486-1200
Hotel Katla - Keahotels
Hotels
  • Höfðabrekka
  • 871 Vík
  • 487-1208
Ingos Icebreaking Tours
Day Tour Provider
  • Ketilstaðaskóli
  • 871 Vík
  • 7737343
Nature
21.04 km
Höfðabrekkuheiði, Þakgil

A breathtaking 16 km drive from the ring road no. 1 to Þakgil campsite and hiking area. Surrounded by black sand and glacial rivers a gravel road crosses the heath of Höfðabrekka, a tuff ridge between rivers Múlakvísl and Kerlingadalsá formed during the last Ice Age, when volcanic material forced its way from beneath the glacier following a sub-glacial eruption. The road is closed during the winter. The vegetation in this area is extremely vulnerable to trampling, please keep to trails at all times.

Nature
11.07 km
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.

The waves here are deceiving and have caused the death of a number of visitors in recent years, even in the best of weather. Please take great care and keep a good distance from the sea.

History and Culture
0.79 km
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.

Nature
18.23 km
Dyrhólaey

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
14.66 km
Hjörleifshöfði

A 220 m tall former Surtseyan island surrounded by black sand. The island formed offshore and has since been partially buried by the advancing Mýrdalssandur sand plain. A massive jökulhlaup from Katla, buried the fjord of Kerlingarfjörður, probably in 1179 and subsequent jökulhlaups have driven the shoreline several kilometers into the sea, the last one occurring in 1918. Easy to reach during summer, you can hike to the top from west side where one of the first settlers is believed to be buried as well as the last farmers from the headland. Also look at the large sea eroded cave on the south side and enjoy the nesting fulmar in the cliffs.

Others

Eyrarland Visitor Centre
Museums
  • Eyrarland
  • 871 Vík
  • 821-1316

Others

Puffin Hotel Vik
Guesthouses
  • Víkurbraut 26
  • 870 Vík
  • 467-1212
Halldórskaffi Café
Cafés
  • Víkurbraut 28
  • 870 Vík
  • 487-1202, 847-8844
Hotel Katla - Keahotels
Hotels
  • Höfðabrekka
  • 871 Vík
  • 487-1208
Veitingahúsið Suður-Vík
Restaurants
  • Suðurvíkurvegur 1
  • 870 Vík
  • 487-1515, 8642959
Víkurskáli
Restaurants
  • Austurvegur 18
  • 870 Vík
  • 487-1230
Smidjan brugghus
Restaurants
  • Sunnubraut 15
  • 870 Vík
  • 5718870, 865-6636
Fagridalur
Farm food direct
  • Fagridalur
  • 871 Vík
  • 487-1105, 893-7205
Guesthouse Ársalir
Guesthouses
  • Austurvegur 7
  • 870 Vík
  • 487-1400, 866-7580

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