Vik i Myrdal: The Coast of Ravaging Waters


Basic Information

Vík í Mýrdal or Vik Village is the southernmost part of Iceland stretched along a magnificent coastline. With around 300 inhabitants, this village is the most densely populated area of the island. It has no inhabitation for around 70 km that makes it a perfect stopover for those traveling on the Ring Road or the Route One. Serving a substantial purpose of uniting the eastern and western parts of Iceland, the Vik Village offers a warm welcome to the tourists with its decent infrastructure that includes hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, and much more. It has a breathtakingly beautiful outdoor swimming pool which is a common picnic spot for the Icelandic families. Irrespective of the season or the climate, the water in the pool feels warm. It heats with the geothermal energy, enticing tourists all year long.

Reynisfjara black sand beach

Where to Visit and What to Expect

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach escalated tourism around the place with its jaw-dropping landscape and scenic views. The colossal basalt stacks, gigantic Atlantic waves, and the dark black sand make it a popular sightseeing spot. Since there exists no significant landmass between the Reynisfjara beach and Antarctica, the waves build up for thousands of kilometers. The rock formations are known to be the remains of a mammoth Reynisfjall cliff, showcasing the vigorous power and unpredictable nature of the roaring waves and water currents. One of the local Icelandic folklore states that the enormous basalt columns are the solidified bodies of trolls that used to wade in the waters and were turned into stone when sunlight shone upon them.

view over Vík church and Vík village in south Iceland

Majestic Víkurkirkja Church

Marking the popularity of the Vik Village, the Víkurkirkja Church is the most photographed and iconic spot with the highest tourist footfall. Popularly known as the red-roof church, this area is believed to be one of the safest spots in the Vik Village. It is settled close of the Katla Volcano, and if lead to eruption it could potentially melt ice in enormous amounts, leading to a tremendous flood and since the church is located on a high hill, it is believed to be the only infrastructure that would survive. The Icelandic families have been practicing drills to race towards the Church when the signs of eruption appear.

Spectacular Mýrdalsjökull Glacier

Covering Iceland’s largest volcano Katla, the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier serves as a spot for various thrilling adventures that lure the explorers from all around the world. The volcano is under constant supervision of the scientists and is believed to be safe for now. The enormous glacier is covered with spectacular hiking trails with picturesque views, leading you to the stunning and captivating landscapes that make them popular among the adventure enthusiasts.

You can find a popular ice cave located in Mýrdalsjökull Glacier. It is possible to visit the ice cave all year round, but you have to go on a guided tour with a professional glacier guide. 

Voyages Friendship Statue

Located opposite the black sand beach, the Voyages Friendship Statue is a short walk away from the Vik Village. The art piece symbolizes the bond of friendship between the UK and Iceland, who were the economic rivals. It was crafted by the Icelandic sculptor, Steinunn Thorarinsdottir in the year 2006, and one among the two statues was gifted to the city of Kingston, England. The artist was inspired by the people who worked hard to make a living at the sea and their families who feared their return, due to the ravaging waters.

Guided tours to Vík village

View over Reynisdrangar from Vík

Best Time to Visit

Known to be the warmest and the wettest place of Iceland, the Vik village enjoys fairly mild weather. Savoring the constant ocean breeze and with surrounding mountains shadowing the warm sun, it witnesses the highest average temperature of around 12.8°C in August and the minimum average temperature of around 4°C in February. If you wish to relish the heavenly view of Northern Lights and explore the captivating ice caves, September to April are the best months to pay a visit, whilst you want to delight in the pleasant weather a visit in summers would be a great choice.

Activities in the area

Vík village on a map

Interesting locations in the area

More Locations in South Iceland

More Nearby Locations

Seljalandsfoss walk behind waterfall in south Iceland

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall: A Natural Beauty in South Iceland

Svartifoss waterfall in Skaftafell Vatnajökull National Park in south Iceland

Svartifoss Waterfall | The Black Basalt column waterfall in Skaftafell Nature Reserve

Elephant Rock in Westman Islands in Iceland

Elephant Rock in Westman Island

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on email
Popular Articles

Best Geothermal Baths & Spas in Iceland

Previous Next A Soak for Healing and Relaxation Iceland is covered with marvels all over the place. Everywhere you would

Turf Churches in Iceland

Iceland is predominantly associated with the “beauty of nature” because of the amazing landscapes and natural sites that the country

Top 12 Things to do in Reykjavik

Previous Next A country as big and as full of gorgeous as Iceland is bound to offer countless things for

Nightlife in Reykjavík

Traveling is mostly about enjoying the local attractions of a certain place which has made it renowned in the world

Best Swimming Pools in Iceland

Iceland is one of the most beautiful countries out there with gorgeous natural sites, breathtaking landscapes, and soothing hot springs.

Iceland Christmas Tours – Ultimate Guide

What Tours Should You Take During the Holidays in Iceland? We always receive a ton of questions about what to
Most Popular Tours
0 Reviews

Volcano Tour – Geldingadalur Erupting volcano

0 Reviews

Crystal Ice Cave & Northern Lights | Day Tour from Reykjavik

0 Reviews

Northern Lights Super Jeep

0 Reviews

Golden Circle & Northern Lights

0 Reviews

South Coast & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Most Popular things to do in Iceland

Northern Lights Hunting

Ice Caving




Whale Watching / Puffins

Glacier Hiking

Horse Riding

Hot Spring Bathing

Top Attractions in Iceland










Blue Lagoon

Explore Iceland by Region

Golden Circle

South Iceland


West Iceland

East Iceland

North Iceland




Hidden Gems