Vik is Iceland’s most southerly village and one of the most popularly photographed areas in the country. The peaceful seafront village sits along a dramatic stretch of coastline, quaintly poised between glacier topped mountains, rugged sea cliffs and black sand beaches. 

Few other places in Iceland offer as many contrasts in nature as Vik, with the iconic Reynisdrangar cliffs jutting out from the sea and the Dyrholaey unique stone arch.  Lush green pastures, rich birdlife, and glacial rivers all sit under the shadow of Myrdalsjokull glacier and the ominous Katla glacier-volcano.

There are a number of wonderful hiking trails in the Vik area, as well as a campground with a natural cave that serves as a kitchen for travelers with a grill and fireplace. The nearby freshwater Heidarvatn Lake makes for excellent trout fishing.  Some unique adventures include guided Zipline tours and horseback riding on the black sand beach, and SuperJeep safaris to view rare ice caves.

What to see in Vik?

Vik is situated near the Reynisfjara black sand beach and the Reynisdrangar Sea Stacks. Both are within a hiking distance and easily accessible. Please be aware that the Black Sand Beach is not a regular beach, and the waves can get very dangerous. Make sure you do not wade in the water and if you are travelling with children, hold their hands at all times, especially during windy conditions and at high tide. The pull is very strong and one wave can easily pull you out.

We also recommend that you hike to the top of the small hill where the church stands. It offers a great view of the village and the Black Sand Beach

There’s also a superb and new Lava Show, where you can see real, glowing red hot lava. Make sure you book a seat in advance, since this is a really popular show.

How to get there

It takes about two and half hour to drive from Reykjavik to Vik on the Ring Road. The trip is approximately 180 km. The route, however, is beautiful and you can make a few scenic stops along way at Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls.