One thing is sure: Iceland is amazing. My boyfriend dragged me there (“why do we have to visit a country that had ‘ice’ in its name?”) and damn, I’d drop everything to go back there (even my wonderful man, but don’t tell him that). And this area in particular, since there are so many things to do in Vik, all hair-raising and heart-stopping.
We stayed in Iceland for a week. After we landed in Keflavík, we picked up our car and drove straight to Vík í Mýrdal to get to know the neighborhood. I say neighborhood like it’s a casual, random, commonplace. Haha, Vik and everything around it is one of the prettiest places in Iceland. So get moving, because there is a lot of things to do in Vik, especially when it is your operating base!
Skógafoss – waterfall
Gor-geous! Almost breathtaking. But what will truly take your breath away are the 1000 steps you’ll have to climb to go to the top. Never again! But the view is magnificent.
Mýrdalsjökull – glacier
Awesome glacier. You can walk across it and touch the ice!
Selfoss – waterfall
If you say waterfall, I say Selfoss. It’s the biggest one EVER! And the prettiest, if you ask me.
One of Iceland’s most iconic locations. You will have to walk 4 km to get there.
Black sand beach
I get the feeling this one doesn’t need much explanation. A very peculiar experience. Dark feeling: Check!
Super cute church. Unfortunately, it was closed when we were there. But it’s near the black sand beach, so there is no need for a detour. Hurraay!
Svinafellsjökull – glacier
The prettiest glacier of them all. Quite deserted. We were all alone when we visited. Makes you feel very small.
Seljalandsfoss – waterfall
A waterfall that you can walk behind, Coooool! One tip: do this at the end of your excursion, you’ll be soaking wet when you’re finished.
Geysir – geyser
This was a bit of a disappointment for me since chunks of soil erupting spontaneously are not really my cup of tea. On the bright side, you can have a wonderful cup of tea at the souvenir shop. Delicious pies, coffee, and tea. I’d go back just for a taste!!
Vallarbraut – swimming pool
After a long day of walking a good swim can be the best ever! It’s a simple, public pool with hot tubs outside. You pay 5 euros entrance. Nothing fancy, just an ideal way to relax!
- We rented a Hyundai i20 with Easy Terra and paid 120 euros for a week. TIP: bring your own GPS, it’s super expensive to rent one (but do make sure it has an Icelandic keyboard!).
- We slept at Welcome Edinborg Guesthouse. A 4h drive from the airport in the middle of nowhere. The room was small and a little smutty. But if you’re staying for a night or two, it’s just fine!
- We visited Vík the first week of April 2016. We got lucky with the weather. No rain and a steady 5-10°C.
Sooo, this is it. All the things to do in Vik (and around it) we visited and would definitely recommend. Off to Reykjavik! Have fun, guys. Iceland is the best.