Vik is a remote seaside village surrounded by black-sand beaches, rugged cliffs and soaring volcanic mountains. It’s one of the most southerly villages in Iceland and has an end-of-the-world feel. The shimmering Myrdalsjokull Glacier and active Katla volcano watch over the village. Both offer incredible hiking opportunities.
Walk up to Víkurkirkja, a beautiful, red-roofed church built in the 1930s. From the hilltop location, you’ll get sweeping views over the town and wind-whipped Atlantic Ocean. Visit in spring and summer to see the church surrounded by purple wildflowers.
Spot nesting puffins on the Dyrholaey Peninsula. The rocky peninsula is a haven for the adorable seabirds. Look for seals sunbathing on the rocks and dolphins splashing offshore. If you’re lucky, you might see whale spouts. The Vik coastline is also a sanctuary for arctic terns.
Shimmering black sand and rolling waves make Reynisfjara Beach one of the most picturesque in Europe. Towering basalt columns frame the beach and add to the dramatic setting. According to local folklore, the columns were once trolls.
Vik is in Vestland county on the Ring Road. The village is a 2.5-hour drive from Reykjavik and three hours from Keflavik International Airport. Rental cars are the best way to visit Vik and explore the Ring Road at your own pace.