Vík is a very small village, with about 300 inhabitants. Its importance comes largely from the fact that it's about half way along the south coast, and its one of the few villages actually on the sandy beach that makes up most of the south coast. The area is dominated by Mýrdalsjökull, the glacier which is home to Katla, one of Iceland's fiercest volcanoes. The village and the surrounding countryside are in constant danger of floods which would result from a potential eruption, which has been expected for many years now. On the other side, the Atlantic ocean is treacherous in these parts, waves can be big and small boats easily get swallowed up if the crews don't know what they're doing. While there is no reason to worry about the volcano if you're a tourist, you should be very careful by the sea - tourists have drowned when caught by waves on the beach near Vík.
Vík lies on the Ring Road, in an area where there are very few other roads. It's a little under 200 km from Reykjavík in the west, and about 270 km from Höfn in the east.
The bus that travels along the south coast stops in Vík. It leaves from Reykjavik at 8:30am and gets in around midday.
Vík is absolutely tiny, so walking is easy. For the wider area, however, it's be a good idea to have a well equipped car because many of the interesting sights are only accessible via gravel tracks.
The black lava beach, with its basalt stacks.
Hótel Edda Vík, Klettsvegi 1-5 (across the road from the N1 gas station, on the eastern edge of the village), ☎ +354 444 4840 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . In addition to rooms in the main hotel, they have small cottages to rent. Like all Edda hotels, this hotel is only open during the summer.17,000-22,000 kr..
Hótel Lundi, Víkurbraut 24a-26, ☎ +354 487 1212 (email@example.com, fax: +354 487 1404), . In an old building in the centre of the village.16,000-26,000.
Norður-Vík Hostel, Suðurvegur 5, ☎ +354 487 1106 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +354 487 1303), . Charming little hostel in an old building. Has a common room and shared kitchen facilities.2,900 kr. in sleeping bag dorm.
From Vík it's only about 140 km by the ring road to Skaftafell, the most popular entry point into Vatnajökull National Park. Kirkjubæjarklaustur is the nearest village to the east, similarly small but with 4x4s it's possible to drive up into the highlands from there. To the west lies Hvolsvöllur, 80 km away, and further afield are the more popular destinations of South Iceland such as the Golden Circle.