Vik Iceland, Why It Is A MUST See!

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!

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.

Visiting Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Exploring Reykjavik, Iceland

Top 10 Things To Do In Iceland

22 Photos That Will Make You Want To Go To Iceland

 

 

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Vik i Myrdal church and the incredible northern lights.

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The black sand beaches in Vik Iceland!

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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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11 Comments

  • Looks fabulously dramatic!

  • Alecia says:

    What time of year did you go? What were the road conditions as you were in the more rural areas?

    • Claire Kennedy says:

      Hey Alecia, we went in December. The roads were fine to drive on but I will say the weather is pretty unpredictable. It would be sunny one minute and then snowing the next. We did get caught in a snow storm or two which made the roads slick but it was nothing you wouldn’t be able to drive on. Going in the winter was actually great for us because there were no crowds and everything was cheaper. 🙂

  • Bun says:

    Stunning blog! I’m totally planning my trip to Iceland now! Love your pictures!!

  • Kristin Havardsdottir says:

    As an Icelander, knowing the dangers here and what to look out for… One thing you should never ever ever EVER do, and that is if and when you visit the Black Beach is to go play in the waves… To many lives have been lost there, one only few weeks ago, when a tourist, photographing the waves, was hit by a wave, dragged out, but was found shortly after, dead, and his wife and 2 young children watched!…. Few hrs later, a bus full of tourists stopped, and atleast 8 ended up soaking wet from walking to close to the waves so people had to be dragged away from the sand…… countless tourists have had a near death experience when falling and the waves come in, strong, unforgiving and trying to pull you down with them… And they will not let go, the icecold grip they have on a body is to strong… I am not trying to get you not to come visit Iceland, but listen to what the locals advise, and point out, and take it to heart… We love your visits, but we would love it even more if you an return to your homes, unharmed and happy… and perhaps, one day, return..
    And since i have begun… NEVER step out on the ice at the Glacier lagoon.. That is a crasy, infact stupid thing to do….. ok, i´ll stop now… 😀

    • Claire Kennedy says:

      Oh geeze, thanks for the heads up Kristin, that sounds scary. It’s a good reminder for all of us to be cautious while traveling. Thanks for your comment!

  • Keep up the awesome work !! Lovin’ it!

  • Fantastic pictures :-)! We love this place, is truly magical and so mysterious.

    • Claire says:

      I’m so glad you like them! Magical and mysterious are probably the two best words to describe Vik! It was so incredible.

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