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.
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.
Vik Iceland Map
Iceland Tip – Rent a car and drive from Reykjavik to Vik
Reykjavik to Vik day trip
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Things to do in Vik Iceland
Visit Vík í Mýrdal Village in Iceland
Visit the Famous Vik Church
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 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.
The Northern Lights in Vik
Vik Black Sand Beach in Iceland
You have a view of the whole town from the church on a hill.
Another shot of the church in Vik Iceland.
Because we always save the best for last.
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