Vík in Mýrdal Valley is a small village along the South Coast of Iceland, flanked by Myrdalsjokull glacier on one side and the unforgiving North Atlantic on the other.
Iceland is world-famous for the beautiful nature. Everything you dream of when you think of wild landscapes, untouched scenery and adventure can be found on the island, which is often referred to as the land of ice and fire. Tens of thousands of tourists find their way to the natural landmarks Iceland is well-known for. There is the Golden Circle, a route on the western side of the island, including a famous waterfalls and the geysers. The south coast features globally notorious volcanoes and untouched nature. Additionally, the Blue Lagoon or the man-made Ice Cave have gained fame as Iceland attracts more and more visitors.
But Iceland also has another side. Reykjavík may already be famous for architecture and as pretty much the only city which is known around the world. However, Iceland does not solely consist of its capital and nature. There are hundreds of little towns and villages all around the country, often ignored by the mass of tourists as they only want to see the beauty of the nature. Nothing wrong with that, but once in Iceland, you should not miss the opportunity to visit Vík í Myrdal, probably the most beautiful little village in Iceland.
Vík – the Little Village in the South
Vík í Myrdal, often referred to as the short term Vík, is located on the south coast of Iceland. Not only does it border directly on the Atlantic Ocean, but it is also the southernmost spot on the island. That on its own is already impressive, but the village has to offer so much more than just that.
Villages embedded in a picturesque landscape are not seldom in Iceland, as the whole country consists of beautiful areas. Nevertheless, Vík is surrounded by an especially breathtaking scenery.
The Black Sand Beach
Vík is part of the black sand beach. This famous section of the south coast of Iceland features a totally black beach due to volcanic stones washed ashore and being shredded into the pebbles the sand is built of. Additionally, Vík is connected to a main road in Iceland. This way, other sights of the region can be reached easily. You might want to combine a trip to Vík with a visit of Eyjafjallajökull, the notorious volcano, or the crashed plane wreck on Sólheimasandur beach. The region is also called a paradise for hikers, pointing out the beauty of the area.
Sights in Myrdal
The little village on the south coast does not only play a huge role for the Icelandic community and for travellers who stop here to eat. In fact, the town offers some pretty special sights itself. Amongst the black sand beach, you can find three Dykes, formations of stones resembling goblins according to a myth. Other man-made statues of Icelandic artists are featured on the beach, as well as multiple stones serving as memorial for fishermen who died in the Icelandic waters.
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