Vík Travel Guide

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    the plaque
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    THE CHURCH ON THE HILL
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Vík Things to Do

  • VIK'S COASTLINE HAS MOVED THROUGH THE...

    In the late 19th century the settlement of Vik was established but due to the proximity of the ocean the houses were in constant danger from flooding or from sand drifts. When there was a huge eruption in 1918 sand and gravel and melt water from Myrdalsjokull were washed out into the ocean forming a small peninsula east of Vik, but over the years...

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  • DEAD TROLLS CAUGHT BY THE DAYLIGHT

    Reynisfjall is the name of the basalt stacks that can be seen from the beach at Vik. A long time ago they were part of a cliff but this is all that remains today as the rough sea has battered the land for 1000s of years. Some Icelanders believe that they used to be trolls that were trying to pull their boat out to sea and were caught by the rising...

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  • BEST BEACH IN THE WORLD, BY THE...

    Vik has a lovely sandy beach but i would be surprised if anyone swims there as the Atlantic Ocean was very rough on the day i visited. Actually one of the American magazines voted this beach as one of the ten best in the world even though the stretch of black basalt stand is one of the wettest places on the planet.

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  • THE VOYAGE, VIK & KINGSTON UPON HULL

    While walking towards the beach at Vik i noticed a statue of a man standing on top of a stone column. I was even more surprised when i read the plaque which informed me that the sculpture was called 'THE VOYAGE' and symbolised the bond of 1,000 years of sea trading between Iceland and Hull. It is a tribute to the fishermen who braved the severe...

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  • ARCTIC LUPINES ARE EVERYWHERE

    If you walk towards the beach at Vik you will see Arctic Lupines growing everywhere, one of the more beautiful wildflowers. The flowers are normally blue with a slight tinge of pink, and hares and squirrels sometimes feed on the plants. I did see these flowers growing in many parts of S E Iceland

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  • THE LITTLE CHURCH ON THE HILL

    From most parts of the town of Vik it is possible to see the little church on the hill, and is probably the safest place to be should a flood be triggered by a volcanic eruption. The church is known as the Flatanger church and offers a wonderful view over the whole town and Atlantic Ocean. NOTEThe cemetery was further up the road and much higher...

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  • Dyrholaey

    This cliff is 110 meters tall and it have a shape of arch and it is so big that boat can go inside it!!! So it explain the name of Dyrholaey: Island-hill of the door". On the cliff there is a nice lighthouse.

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  • Reynisdrangur

    Reynisdrangur are 3 tall rocks call Skessudrangar, Landdrangar and Langhamrar and birds fly over them! The most high tall rock is 60 meters.

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  • Skogafoss

    Skogafoss waterfall is near the city of Skoga and with its 60 m. tall it is the most short waterfall of the twelve that you meet in the Fimmvorduhals River. A legend say that a colon call Prasi hide a booty near this fall, but people don't find it yet. Maybe if you can!!!!

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  • Seljalandsfoss

    This "small" waterfall are situated inside Seljaland Farm and it is very nice! People can go behind the waterfall but you must pay attention because there is a lot of water that fall down.

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  • Waterfalls

    Near Skogar - Skogafoss & Seljalandafoss are 2 great waterfalls, the latter you can walk behind.In Vik, walk up Reynisfjall, a cliff with fantastic views.

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  • White vs Black

    The whitest part of the glacier. The glacier is memorable because of its color; very unlike those I've seen in Switzerland, New Zealand & Canada.Sometimes, contrasts in life are so much more interesting than the likes!

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  • Our first glacier visit in Iceland

    The first glacier we visited in Iceland. It's not white but more like black from where we stood. Strange sight!

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  • Seljalandsfoss

    Seljalandsfoss: Another waterfall about 27 km (17 m.) from Skogafoss. Here, you can follow a downhill path & walk behind the fall.

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  • Skogafoss

    Skogafoss: 60 m / 200 ft high.Here is probably the greenest part of Iceland with lush vegetation, towering mountains & beautiful waterfalls.

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  • Hill above Vík

    Climb up to this hill, use your 4wd wagon, and you will see, how the End of the World looks like. Then look back to see the mountains and at their top the snow and the glaciers. See how puffins are flying right before your eyes, so you could reach them.I must say, that was the happiest and most harmonic day of 2000 for me.This pic is made by a...

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  • Black beaches of Vík

    This beach has black vulcanic sand. So it ain't a Baywatch. Better Birdwatch, couse at this place you could find some puffins, artic terns and great squas fighting. Very funny, It's really like a David Attenborough movie!

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  • Reynisdrangar

    There are 3 vulcanic rocks in the ocean near Vík. There's an old story about them, that they were once trolls but turned to stone as the sun came up.

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Vík Hotels

  • Hofdabrekka

    Hofgabrekka is a very good hotel located abou 5 km far from the town of Vik and it is locateded in a...

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Vík Restaurants

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    VIKURSKALI: AT LAST, A REASONABLE PRICE & GOOD FOOD

    by davidjo Written Jul 26, 2015

    Our tour stopped for lunch at Vik and once i explored the village i decided to sample the food at the Vikurskali Restaurant. It turned out a welcome change from the usual fast food that i managed to avoid on the tour the day before. There was a good choice of foods including lamb stew, lamb soup, fish and chips, hamburgers etc. After making a choice i gave my order at the counter, paid and was given a number. I sat down while the food was being prepared and a few minutes later my number was called out so i collected my burger and fries which tasted great. I did not have to purchase a drink as the fresh, pure Icelandic water jug was placed on my table. Some of the other tourists on the bus had the local lamb stew, and i quickly regretted not trying this local dish. However the burger was most satisfying.

    burger and fries the restaurant lamb stew and bread busy at the counter

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Vík Warnings and Dangers

  • ONE DAY THERE WILL BE A FLASH FLOOD

    The Mýrdalsjökull glacier lies directly above Vik, and the glacier itself sits on top of the Katla Volcano which has not erupted since 1918, but sooner or later it will erupt again. If the volcano erupts the heat will melt instantly millions of cubic feet of ice and snow from the glacier which will trigger enormous flash floods. Should this ever...

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  • ONE DAY THERE WILL BE A FLASH FLOOD

    The Mýrdalsjökull glacier lies directly above Vik, and the glacier itself sits on top of the Katla Volcano which has not erupted since 1918, but sooner or later it will erupt again. If the volcano erupts the heat will melt instantly millions of cubic feet of ice and snow from the glacier which will trigger enormous flash floods. Should this ever...

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  • CAREFUL OF THE WAVES, YOU COULD DIE !!!

    If you are on the beach don't walk too near to the sea on a stormy day as it could be very dangerous when huge waves come crashing on the beach. The waves could sweep a person away in an instant and if you are by yourself nobody will notice, and that will be that. In September a tourist was swept away and so were his three guides, who were familiar...

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Vík What to Pack

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    Packing List

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Miscellaneous: Your friend ;-) & all the photography gadgets!

    Iceland is very expensive. So, be well prepared for whatever you'll need on your trip!

    Ann attempting to pack all these home ;-)
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Vík Off The Beaten Path

  • Dyrholaey

    Another view of Dyrholaey. It was beginning to drizzle while we were there. On a nice sunny day, this place must be stunning!

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  • Dyrholaey (west of Vik)

    Dyrholaey (west of Vik) is the southernmost point of mailand Iceland. It was formed during an interglacial period in a submarine eruption. This is what the guide book says though I've no idea what a submarine eruption is!Haidrangur (56 m a.s.l.) is the highest rock stacks.

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  • Ingólshöfði, bird paradise...

    Ingólshöfði, bird paradise More to the eastside stay on mainroad Nr.1.. After about 160kms you will see a board on the right side, with the name Ingólshöfði. There are fully organised guided tours to the coast, where you can see hundreds of puffins (even touch them!) squababies squas etc etc. As an extra, the icelandic guide will tell you stories...

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  • Freedom!

    The skyline...... free of concrete, free of pollution, free of mankind... just the sky! Is this heaven? paradise? (or to some people, hell? ;-) )To find your own answer, imagine ...

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  • The great Icelandic nature

    Icelandic nature ... you have to see it for yourself! Speechless is the best description that comes to my mind! Peace is the feeling then & grateful is the attitude now.

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