What to see in Vik Iceland

After taking a red eye flight from Orlando to Iceland we arrived around 5am.  We rented a car at the airport 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 this was so much better.

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). Click through to read why Vik Iceland is a MUST See!

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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, Icelandic homes sitting at the mountains edge, black sand beaches!  For my first trip outside of the US, Iceland will be hard to beat.

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What to pack for a trip to Iceland (in winter)

  • You want to make sure you have at least one pair of waterproof boots
  • A good  thermal for layering.  These ones come in a ton of different colors.
  • Fleece lined leggings.  Because they are amazing and so warm!
  • Winter hat and scarf.  I always like to bring a couple scarves for pretty photos. 🙂
  • Touch screen gloves.  There is nothing more annoying than having to continually take off your gloves so that you can use your phone to take pictures or videos.  It’s because of that that these touch screen gloves are my favorite.  (I linked 2 different pairs I really like.)
  • Warm socks.  I love these ones.

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Vik Iceland Map

Vik Iceland Map!

Iceland Tip – Rent a car and drive from Reykjavik to Vik

Reykjavik to Vik day trip

You won’t be disappointed in the incredible views and waterfalls you see along the way.  This really can make this a perfect day trip from Reykjavik.  This is what we did and it worked great for that we wanted to see while there.

If you are looking to save money on a rental car in Iceland you should check out this post.  Using these tips we were able to rent a car in Iceland for 5 days for $140!

 

Black sand beach in Vik, Iceland

Things to do in Vik Iceland

Visit Vík í Mýrdal Village in Iceland

Things to do in Vik Iceland! Visit Vík í Mýrdal Village and the famous black sand beaches in Vik, Iceland!

Things to do in Vik Iceland! Visit Vík í Mýrdal Village and the famous black sand beaches in Vik, Iceland!

Visit the Famous Vik ChurchVik i Mydral church on a hill in Vik Iceland.

Black sand beach in Vik Iceland!

Visiting the black sand beach in Vik is definitely a must. The sand is crushed lava rock formed when it reaches the frigid ocean.  A beautiful beach to visit, but not where I chose to sun tan.  Half way down the beach is a large vaulted cavern called Hálsanefeshellir (obviously really easy to pronounce).

What to see in Vik Iceland!! Black sand Beaches in Vik.

Let’s just say the water is not for swimming 😉

Vik Iceland in the Winter

Church in Vik Iceland. Vik, Iceland in the winter!

Church in Vik Iceland. Just as beautiful in the winter as the summer.

Vik i Mydral church on a hill in Vik Iceland.  This little church was one of my favorite spots to visit in Vik.  Not only is the church incredible charming, but it also offers views of the entire town.

The Northern Lights in Vik

Vik i Myrdal Church And Aurora Borealis In Vik, Iceland.

Vik i Myrdal church and the incredible northern lights.

The black sand beaches in Vik Iceland!

Vik, Iceland

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Vik Black Sand Beach in Iceland
Black sand beach in Vik, Iceland

Black sand beaches in Vik, Iceland

The views aren’t so bad either!

church in Vik Iceland. Visiting the Black Sand Beach in Vik Iceland. What to see in Vik Iceland! - Avenly Lane Travel

You have a view of the whole town from the church on a hill.

Another shot of the church in Vik Iceland.

Vik Puffins!

Vik Puffins in Iceland! church in Vik Iceland. Visiting the Black Sand Beach in Vik Iceland. What to see in Vik Iceland! - Avenly Lane Travel

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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). Click through to read why Vik Iceland is a MUST See!

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