Vík í Mýrdal is the most southern village in Iceland. The village lies directly beneath the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which itself lies on top of the Katla volcano. If an eruption occurred, the glacier would flood most of the town. As such, Vik participates in periodic drills evacuating to the church, the highest point in the city.
How do you get there? Tour buses on the South Iceland Tour travel to Vik, though we drove ourselves. Driving straight from Reykjavik to Vik takes about three hours, however, if you’re planning on visiting Vik, make it worth your while and also consider stopping at Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Dyrhólaey, and Reynisdrangar. Per usual, whenever driving on your own accord, add 30 – 45 minutes to your agenda for jaw dropping picture opportunities. Google Map it.
Why should you go? Although Vik seemed to be a sleepy village, it was a delicious and relaxing reprieve to the end of the our self-guided, south Icelandic tour.
How much time should be spent here? An hour and a half is plenty of time to drive around the village and find a place to dine or have a beverage. We recommend eating at Halldorskaffi where they serve homemade bread, soups, salads, and meat/veggie dishes.
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