Vik, Iceland

Vik, Iceland

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Volcanoes and waterfalls in stunning Vik

Situated in southern Iceland, around 200 kilometers from Reykjavik, Vik is a remote seaside village with a great deal to see. Travelers are drawn here to see Myrdalsjokull, a huge glacier that sits over Katla, a large and active volcano. Like to see the stunning scenery for yourself? Vik vacation rentals put you in the heart of if all, with dramatic cliffs, a volcanic black sand beach, green rolling hills and shimmering waterfalls that are glazed with rainbows all within easy reach.

See the Northern Lights in Vik

Though the village is small, a Vik vacation rental offers access to a wealth of experiences. Here, you can hike the untouched landscapes, hop aboard a jeep for a guided tour, take a dip in the region's natural pools or admire the bird life. Just remember to keep your camera handy. After a day's exploration, return to the village, but be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the Northern Lights, which illuminate the skies with enchanting hues from September through mid-April.

Natural wonders abound in Vik

Vik's main attractions aren't man-made novelties, but those created over millions of years by nature's handiwork. The best-known are the Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls. The awe-inspiring Seljalandsfoss falls drop water from a height of 197-feet, with visitors able to walk behind them into a little cave for a unique perspective. Steeped in Viking legend, the Skogafoss fall are no less impressive. The falls are of a similar height and are at their best on sunny days, when light shines through the spray, producing rainbows to delight those visiting.

Enjoy Iceland's warmest weather in Vik

Travelers don't head to Iceland expecting blazing sunshine and beach weather. However, Vik's yearly mean temperature sits at around 40 with a winter daytime average of 39 making it the warmest place in the country. Despite this, it's known as the wettest, too. Because it's on the windward side of the Gulf Stream, the village receives 3 times as much rain as Reykjavik. Paying a visit? It's a good idea to pack an umbrella and waterproof gear.

Picture-perfect scenery in Vik

With its jet-black beach, striking rock formations and kilometer upon kilometer of unblemished wilderness, a Vik vacation rental puts visitors in one of the most geographically-impressive places on Earth. Katla is of particular interest to travelers, though the volcano hasn't erupted since 1918. That said, Vik's residents are prepared for all eventualities. In the unlikely event that an eruption should occur, the advice is to seek safety in the village's hilltop church.