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Travel Guide of Vik in Iceland by Influencers

Vikings were the seafaring Norse people from southern Scandinavia who from the late 8th to late 11th centuries pirated, raided and traded from their Northern European homelands across wide areas of Europe, and explored westward to Iceland, Greenland, and Vinland.

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Discover our travel guide of Vik in Iceland made of pictures from travel influencers and photographers.

Travel Tips for visiting Vik

Vik is a small town in Iceland (or rather a village) that one inevitably passes through when touring the island,

Or at least when discovering the southern part of it. But beyond this geographical situation, Vik and its surroundings have several things to do and see. And not the least because some of them are characteristic points of Iceland that we could qualify as "must-sees".

The village of Vik and its emblematic church

Vik is a village and even a small village... There are only about 300 inhabitants.

Therefore, one should not expect to find many things in Vik as such. There are a few restaurants, a supermarket, a gas station, and a few hotels and guest houses. I will come back to these elements later in the article.
But what is most notable as a visit to Vik itself is its church. This one is representative of this village, and even of Iceland because it presents some particularities:

it is located on the heights of Vik and distinguishes itself from the landscape with its white and red colors.
it allows (if the weather allows it) to make beautiful photos of this area. With the church in the field of course, but also the mountains and the ocean with notably the black rock formations which come out of the water.
You can get there by following a small road, and you can park in front of the church. 

The black sand beach of Reynisfjara: 2km from Vik

This beach is surely what represents the village of Vik the most. It is a postcard landscape of Iceland. And it represents in general a must-see during a trip in Iceland.

The particularities of this beach of Reynisfjara near Vik are multiple because:

  • it is thus of black sand. This is not specific to this beach, because more globally the south coast of Iceland is composed of beaches of this type. This is linked to the presence of volcanoes in Iceland.
  • It is partly on the side of rocks. A big part of the cliff is made of basalt columns. It is at the same time very beautiful, impressive, and photogenic of course. This cliff shelters a small cave where we find these structures of basalt also inside.
  • A set of rocks seems to come out of the water a little bit offshore. They are rocky peaks named Reynisdrangar, with globally a first rather massive rock. And a second one just next to it with a more elongated shape.

To have the best view of Vik and its surroundings, it is necessary to walk a few hundred meters from the parking of this church. To do so, you have to follow the small path that goes east and that leads to the cemetery.

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Vik

How to observe puffins near Vik?

The village of Vik, or rather its surroundings at the level of the cliffs overhanging the ocean, is famous for sheltering colonies of puffins
Puffins are seabirds easily recognizable by their white and black coats, as well as their pointed orange beaks. They spend most of their time at sea and usually nest on the cliffs during heir breeding season.
In fact, with a bit of luck, you can see them near the Dyrhólaey cape. But you should know that :
This puffin colony near Vik is not the largest in Iceland.
The breeding season of puffins is generally from April to August. Outside this period, there is little chance to see them because they are at sea, in the open sea.

  • The Hjörleifshöfði cave with the shape of Master Yoda it is located about fifteen kilometers east of Vik.

Concretely, it is the shape of the entrance of the cave, which is seen under a certain angle that makes it possible to see a kind of body appear. But especially a head above reminding the one of Yoda, with its pointed and elongated ears on the side!
To reach it, the easiest way is to go there by car. There is a dirt road, from the N1, which leads not far from the entrance of the cave. This road is not very practical, and it is better to have an SUV or 4×4 vehicle to get there, especially in winter. On the spot, some parking places (in the ground always).
The cave is located in the big rocky mass, on the left, just at the edge of the "beach".

  • Getting closer to the Mýrdalsjökull glacier by snowmobile 
An unusual activity to do in Vik is snowmobiling. However, this is not a classic ride, but a trip to the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, located to the north. The principle is to go through snowy landscapes, sometimes downhill, with a view of the glacier.
Different stops are made along the way to take pictures, to enjoy the landscapes, but also to have explanations from the guide about the geology of the region (especially about the glacier and the volcano). At the time when we make the stops, we can also change the driver. Considering the price of the excursion, it is preferable to reserve one snowmobile for 2 people and to alternate.

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Reynisfjara Beach

  0.4 km (0.2 miles) away from Vik

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  1.0 km (0.6 miles) away from Vik

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Vik i Myrdal Church

  2.8 km (1.7 miles) away from Vik

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  26.7 km (16.6 miles) away from Vik

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