Vik is located about 180km southeast of Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, and is the southernmost village in Iceland. It is located on the main ring road on the Island. Vik is very sparsely inhabited, having a population of just 291 inhabitants after the 2011 census. It is the central town in the UNESCO GLOBAL Geopark in Katla. It is located inside the southern district of Myldalur which borders Myrdalsjokull, Iceland’s fourth largest glacier. It covers a whole 700 km2 and up to even 2600m thick at some regions. So many activities take place atop this visually stunning glacier, among them being snowmobiling, ice climbing and dog sledging. Almost 600 meters below the ice lies Katla, an active volcano, which last erupted in 1918. The geopark is in fact named after this volcano.
The area around Vik is naturally beautiful and spectacular. Even the sunset in Vik, especially during winter, is a breathtaking phenomenon. This combined with Iceland’s unique landscape treats one to a perfectly serene feeling. The sunset brings with it an array of different beautiful shades of pink, white, black and blue. Due to its physical characteristics, vik does not have a harbour, and it’s the only town in Iceland lacking one.
There are lots of other tourist attractions in Vik, among them being bird watching, paragliding, ATV tours, horseback riding, glacier snowmobiling and glacier walks and jeep tours. You can also buy fresh arctic char at the local fish stores, and you can have it smoked if you so wish. One of Europe’s largest arctic tern breeding grounds is found just outside of vik. This southern part of Iceland is historically and culturally rich. All year long, in every season, you are sure to find so much to see and do around Vik. In winter, the Northern lights can be seen. There are exhibitions all year showcasing diverse types of music that reflect the culture of Iceland.
Reynisfjara, a black pebble beach is located just outside Vik. Famous for its black basalt columns that protrude out of the Atlantic Ocean, it’s one of the most photographed places in Iceland. The beach is surrounded by cliffs which form a habitat for several species, including puffins, which can be cited in great numbers during summer. Vik has lots of different animals and has most of the animal species found in Iceland. Bird watching here is a favourite for many and can be done during hiking, or even during ATV tours.
There are very many hotels in Vik, 5-star, 4 star and 3 star hotels, offering a wide variety of options. You can choose to stay a beach hotel or close to the glaciers or just within the town. The most popular ones are the volcanic hotel, hotel Edda, the Icelandair Hotel, Farmhouse Lodge among others. Travel and accommodation services are available all year round.