Travel Guide Europe Iceland Vik



Vík í Mýrdal, also known as Vík, is a village in South Iceland. Vík is a very small village, with about 300 inhabitants. Its importance comes largely from the fact that it's about half way along the south coast, the largest settlement in the surrounding area and it's one of the few villages actually on the sandy beach that makes up most of the south coast of Iceland. The area is dominated by Mýrdalsjökull, the glacier which is home to Katla, one of Iceland's fiercest volcanoes. The village and the surrounding countryside are in constant danger of floods that might result from a potential volcanic eruption, which has been expected for many years now. On the other side of the village lies the Atlantic ocean which is treacherous in these parts, waves can be big and small boats easily get swallowed up if the crews are not experienced enough. While there is no reason to worry about the volcano if you're a tourist, you should be very careful going into the sea - there have been cases of tourists drowning when caught by waves on the beach near Vík.



Sights and Activities

The Black Sand Beach near Vík (known as Reynishverfi in Icelandic) is famous with its basalt stacks and black lava sands. Here you can also admire the impressive Reynisdrangar rock formations and view the Dýrhólaey peninsula not far away. For those that are into bird watching, they can see the puffins nesting in the mountain in the summer.

DC-3 Plane wreck, Sólheimasandur beach (Follow the path that starts at a gate on the south side of the main road). The abandoned wreck of a U.S. Navy plane that had to make an emergency landing here in 1973.

There are many activities to be enjoyed if you are visiting Vík í Mýrdal. If you are into hiking you will find endless routes to take advantage of - there isn't another settlement in a radius of over 60km so you will not be disturbed by much on your walks. Jeep tours are available as well as different types of guided tours for those who enjoy bird-watching, want to look at geologic formations, explore a glacier or even see a crashed U.S. Navy airplane.

True Adventure Paragliding, In the sky above Iceland (Take-off location depends on the weather so the best way to locate these guys is to get in touch.), ☏ +354 698 8890, ✉ With True Adventure you can try a tandem paragliding flight with experienced instructor pilots. edit
Horseback Riding, Mið-Hvoll, road 2160, ☏ +354 863 3238, ✉ This is only available in the summer and you can ride Icelandic horses in the countryside around Vik.



Getting There

Vík lies on the Ring Road, in an area where there are very few other roads. It's a little under 200 km from Reykjavík to the west, and about 270 km from Höfn to the east.

The bus that travels along the south coast stops in Vík. It leaves from Reykjavík at 8:30am and gets in around midday.



Getting Around

Vík is absolutely tiny, so walking around the village is easy. For the wider area, however, it's a good idea to have a well-equipped car because many of the interesting sights are only accessible via gravel tracks.




There is a good choice of eateries in Vik suitable for most tastes and budgets.

Ströndin Bar & Bistro, Austurvegi 18, 870 Vík, ☏ +354 487 1230, ✉ June to August 17:00 to 22:00. Situated very close to Black Sand Beach, here you can take advantage of the views. Food ranges from traditional Icelandic to international.




You can find a variety of accommodation options here, however it can get very busy during the summer months so it's a good idea to book well in advance.

Hótel Edda Vík, Klettsvegi 1-5 (across the road from the N1 gas station, on the eastern edge of the village), ☏ +354 444 4840, ✉ In addition to rooms in the main hotel, they have small cottages to rent. Like all Edda hotels, this hotel is only open during the summer. 17,000-22,000 kr.
Hótel Katla, Klettsvegi 1-5 (5 km east of Vík i Mýrdal), ☏ +354 487 1208, ✉ Offers 72 rooms, a restaurant and a bar. Location is suitable for day trips and activities around the area.
Hótel Lundi, Víkurbraut 24a-26, ☏ +354 487 1212, fax: +354 487 1404, ✉ In an old building in the centre of the village. 16,000-26,000 kr.
Norður-Vík Hostel, Suðurvegur 5, ☏ +354 487 1106, fax: +354 487 1303, ✉ Charming little hostel in an old building. Has a common room and shared kitchen facilities. 2,900 kr in sleeping bag dorm.
Hotel Volcano, Ketilsstaðaskóli, 871 Vík, Mýrdal, Iceland (around 15km from Vík (before,coming from Reykjavík)), ☏ +354 486 1200. Really nice and modern hotel (new). Next to Vík. Family owned. Very generous, healthy and tasty breakfast. Huge rooms&bathrooms. Cosy leaving room. Open during the whole year. 90€/night (14 000 kr).
Vik Campsite, 870 Vík, Mýrdal, Iceland (on the eastern side of the village, not far from the hotel Edda), ☏ +354 487 1345, ✉ Standard camping services - electricity, toilets, warm and cold running water, dining.



Keep Connected


Most of Iceland is well connected. Most homes have ADSL connections which work well most of the time. There is however a firewall which can cause connections problems especially at busy times. Most hotels, guesthouses, hostels, cafés etc. have a working Wi-Fi network. Generally it's free of charge, but sometimes there might be a small fee or limited amount of time. There are a couple of public computers at the University of Iceland and the National Library that you can use for free and without the need to log in.


See also International Telephone Calls

The international telephone code is 354. National numbers in Iceland are seven digits long and generally written in the form xxx xxxx or xxx-xxxx.
There are no area codes in this closed numbering plan and the international call prefix is 00. Numbers of mobile phones tend to begin with either 6xx xxxx, 7xx xxxx or 8xx xxxx, while land line numbers start with 5xx xxxx (in Reykjavík) or 4xx xxxx (the country side). The Icelandic emergency number is 112 for all services.

Internally, phone calls in Iceland are very reasonable priced and most providers offer friends and family discounts or free calls/messaging to same network phones. International calling cards are available in most convenience stores which can significantly reduce the cost of international calls.

There are three main companies who supply personal internet connections: siminn Vodafone and Talk. It is very important to get full details of the charges and excess charges as it is very easy to run up a huge bill without being aware of it, especially on a mobile connection. You can buy a local SIM card, if you have an unlocked mobile phone. The major internet companies can supply 3G mobile internet on a monthly basis. If you are travelling be sure to check the coverage because the mobile connection is not as wide as the mobile phone connection.


Iceland's Postal Service (tel. 580-1200) is reliable and efficient. General post office hours in Reykjavík are 9:00am to 6:00pm weekdays, but post offices close earlier elsewhere. Mailboxes are bright red and marked Pósturinn. Stamps are sold at many locations, including Nóatún supermarkets; N1, Olís, and Shell gas stations; and some bookstores. Mail typically takes 3 to 5 business days to reach Europe or the United States. If you are importing goods through the post, it takes a while to sort out the customs and tax based on the value of the item, so be sure to have receipts readily available. For sending packages you can also use international courier companies like TNT, UPS, FedEx or DHL, since they are fast, reliable and generally competitively priced as well.


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