After taking a red eye flight from Orlando to Iceland we arrived around 5am. We rented a car and headed straight for Vik. (3 hour drive from Reykjavik) Just on our first day from Reykjavik to Vik, we saw Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls (and many more from the road… and many more in the days to come). The views were truly unlike anything I had ever seen before. I don’t know what I expected Iceland to be like, but it was so much better.
We arrived in the small village of Vík around sunrise. Vik is Iceland’s southernmost village and faces the open Atlantic Ocean, framed by a long black volcanic sand beach. Less than 300 people live in Vik, but it is the biggest settlement for some 70km (43 mi). As we drove into the village we were greeted by a glowing a church sitting on a hill. It was like something out of a fairy tale.
Next we moved on to the black sand beach which had been at the top of our list. The American journal Islands Magazine counted the black sand beach of Vik, Iceland as one of the ten most beautiful non-tropical beaches on Earth. It’s easy to see why!
In one short day, I experienced so many sights and places for the first time. Me and my husband kept saying how we couldn’t believe we were actually there. Lava fields covered in moss, waterfalls off the mountains, rivers flowing through lava rock, Iceladic homes sitting at the mountains edge, black sand beaches! For my first trip outside of the US, Iceland will be hard to beat.
– Claire Vik Iceland
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P.S. Here is a list of our other posts on Iceland in case your were interested.
Thank you for sharing!