Visit Vík: Your Travel Guide

Things to Do in Vík

Black Sand Beach
No visit to Iceland is complete without a stroll along this other-worldly black sand beach. Said to be the wettest place in Iceland, you won’t find any sunbathers here, but the lack of visitors makes for an impeccably clean coastline. This sooty spectacle is the result of lava flowing into the ocean, cooling off, and breaking up into grains of the sand you see today.
This breathtaking peninsula offers the kind of dramatic views that Iceland is famous for. Dyrhólaey was once an island and is home to beautiful puffins and arctic terns. Upon reaching the highest point, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views onto Mýrdalsjökull glacier in the north and the black lava sea stacks of Reynisdrangar to the east.
Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
This graceful glacier sprawls across the Katla volcano, with its fiery belly last erupting in 1918. Snowmobile and quad bike tours are available, allowing you to glide over the ice and pretend you’re in a chase scene from a James Bond film. If you’d rather stay on your feet, a variety of glacier walking tours are also available.

Traveler's Reviews & Photos

The beach was very pretty with black sand and stones instead of shells. There was also a row of old turf houses on the path to the beach right along the cliff face that were really interesting.
United States of America
June 17, 2017
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This place is nice for the black sand beach, which takes about a half hour to see. There is very little else here. It's kind of just a wide spot in the road. Next time I will avoid the area due to overpriced accomodations.
United States of America
July 18, 2017
Best location if you wish to travel to Jokulsarlon and Landmannalaugar with many other beautiful attractions close by such as Dyrholaey and Reynisfjara.
June 15, 2017
Great place to stop if you are circling the ring road. Good hikes, views, black sand beaches and access to other major attractions.
United States of America
June 26, 2017
Very Good
Vik is a great place to use as a base for the southern part of Iceland. The black beaches are beautiful and there is so much to do nearby.
United Kingdom
July 2, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Vík

Puffin Hotel Vík

7.9 Good

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Hotel Katla Hofdabrekka

8.3 Very Good

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  • “great pool area”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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Icelandair Hotel Vík

8.8 Excellent

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  • “very clean”
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Hótel Dyrhólaey

8.3 Very Good

Score from 431 reviews


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Nausthamar Apartment

9.4 Wonderful

Score from 44 reviews


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Puffin Apartment Víkurbraut

8.1 Very Good

Score from 74 reviews


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Puffin Apartment Bakkabraut

7.8 Good

Score from 46 reviews


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The black sand beach and the amazing rock formations were awesome.

Easy walk to the beach. Drive around point to see basalt columns.

Puffins were on the cliffs within easy access from the beach

The black sand beach is very different to most beaches. asked travelers...

Why do you recommend Vík for food?

The fish is caught locally daily for dinners. YUM!!


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