Vík. Go see the black beach

Experience the magic of the black beach beneath the town. In 1991 the American Journal Island Magazine voted it one of the world’s 10 most beautiful beaches with its long stretches of black basalt sand and cliffs. The grandiose cliffs near the coast-line are the home of the country’s most famous seabird, the puffin.

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Vik population: In 2010 the population was 331 people.

Museums & Galleries:

  • Kötlusetur Museum - Víkurbraut 28, 870 Vík.
  • Víkurprjón Clothing - Austurvegi 20, 870 Vík.

Interesting Sites:

  • Arcanum Adventure Tours - Ytri Sólheimar, 871 Vík.
  • Katlatrack - Austurvegur, 870 Vík.
  • Dyrhólaey Tours - Vatnskarðshólar, 871 Vík.
  • Kerlingadalur Horse Rental - Kerlingadalur, 871 Vík.

Restaurants:

  • Halldórskaffi Café - Víkurbraut, 871 Vík
  • Hótel Höfðabrekka - Mýrdalur, 871 Vík.
  • Guesthouse Ársalir - Austurvegur 7, 871 Vík.
  • Hótel Dyrhólaey Country Hotel - Mýrdalur, 871 Vík.
  • Hótel Edda - Klettsvegur, 871 Vík.

Accommodation:

  • Sólheimahjáleiga - Mýrdal, 871 Vík.
  • Hotel Höfðabrekka Country Hotel - Mýrdalur, 871 Vík.
  • Norðurvík Hostel - Suðurvíkurvegur, 871 Vík.
  • Hótel Dyrhólaey country hostel - Mýrdalur, 871 Vík.
  • Hotel Lundi - Víkurbraut 26a, 870 Vík.
  • Hotel Edda - Klettsvegur, 870 Vík.
  • Guesthouse Vellir - Mýrdalur, 871 Vík.

History/Nature/Culture:
The village of Vík í Mýrdal is the southernmost village in Iceland. It serves as an important service centre for both the inhabitants as well as its visitors. In 1991 the American Journal Island Magazine voted the beach surrounding Vík as one of the world’s 10 most beautiful beaches, with its long stretches of black basalt sand and the cliffs, to the west of the beach, being home to so many species of seabirds, especially puffins. Offshore there are remnants of an extended cliff line called Reynisfjall which according to folklore was formatted by trolls dragging their boat to sea only to be caught by the morning light and thus, according to an old Icelandic myth, immediately turned into stones. Vík hosts as the site of Hanso Foundation in the TV series Lost.

For those in search of souvenir Víkurprjón cardigans offers a diverse selection of handmade artefacts of wool.

For those looking for an excitement Arcanum Adventure Tour should be right up their alley. „At Arcanum, we aim to reveal the secrets of Iceland’s astonishing natural phenomenon’s to the curious traveller,“ according to the manager. This trip gives tourists exceptionally good photo opportunities and a “not to forget anytime soon” experience.

Another mind blowing experience is to take a trip with “the ferry on wheels” to the spectacular Dyrhólaey island which is a volcanic rock promontory and one of Iceland’s most sought after tourist destination. This magnificent rock formation is a hosts a colourful bird life such as the puffin, guillemots, and the northern gannet.

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