Vik Iceland (10 Things you Can’t Miss while there!)

What to see in Vik Iceland

After taking a redeye flight to Iceland from Orlando we arrived about 5 am.

We rented a car at the airport and headed straight for Vik (3 hour drive from Reykjavik).  On our first day from Reykjavik to Vik, we saw Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls (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.

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 beach of black volcanic sand.

How many people live in Vik Iceland?

Less than 300 people live in Vik, but it is the biggest settlement for 70km (43 mi).  

As we drove into the village we were greeted by a glowing a church sitting on a hill.  It felt 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 was easy to see why!

In one short day I experienced so many sights and places for the first time.   My husband and I kept saying that we couldn’t believe we were actually there.  Lava fields covered in moss, waterfalls running off the mountains, rivers flowing through lava rock, Icelandic homes sitting at the mountains edge, and black sand beaches!  A trip to Vik, Iceland is hard to beat.

What to Pack? Before traveling to Iceland, make sure to read my Iceland Packing List guide so you so that you are prepared for the unique elements this nation has to offer.

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.

Distance from Reykjavik to Vik

The distance from Reykjavik to Vik is 87km (116 miles). It will take you 2.5 hours driving.

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!

Things to do in Vik Iceland

Here are the best things to do in Vik Iceland.

Visit Vík í Mýrdal Village in Iceland

Vík í Mýrdal Village

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

Visit the Black Sand Beach

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

Another shot of the church in Vik Iceland.

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

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 incredibly difficult to pronounce).

Let’s just say the water is not for swimming ;)

Vik Iceland in the Winter

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 incredibly charming itself, but it also offers views of the entire town.

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

The Northern Lights in Vik

Vik i Myrdal Church And Aurora Borealis In Vik, Iceland.
Vik i Myrdal church and the incredible northern lights.

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

See the Vik Puffins!

Vik Puffins in Iceland

Because we always save the best for last.

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    • 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. :)

  1. 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… :D

    • 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!


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