Best Things To Do in Vik, Iceland

Have you ever visited a new place and felt ‘wow’ about it? For many visitors, it happens at Vik.

Vik may not be as popular as other cities in Iceland, but don’t let that fool you. Vik is a smaller but beautiful upcoming tourist destination that is worth a visit. You will be surprised by some of the unique things to do and places you can explore at this hidden destination.

You can definitely plan a few hours of a side trip here while traveling to Selfoss or Eyrarbakki. You might wish to revisit it someday again, to take a break and relax at Vik.

If you have plans to visit Iceland and are not sure if Vik should be included in your itinerary, keep reading. In this list, we have put together some of the things to do in Vik and around. We have a hunch that if you include this city in your travel plans, you will be thrilled you did so.

Tourist Attractions in Vik

Here is the list of things to do in Vik and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Dyrholaey Arch

    4.8 (37 Votes)
    Dyrholaey Arch

    Geological Formation

    Address: Dyrholaey, 871 Vik, Iceland

    Formerly called ‘Cape Portland’ by the sea men, Dyrholaey is a promontory standing tall at a height of 120 meters. The name ‘Dyrholaey’ translates to ‘door-hole’ and is literally named so due to the arched, door like shape that has formed due to the weathering of the peninsula. On a calm day, the hole is big e...Read more
  2. Black Sand Beach

    4.6 (6 Votes)
    Black Sand Beach

    Beach, Picnic Spot

    Address: Iceland

    Surreally perfect columnar basalts meeting the gorgeous Black sand is quite a sight on its own and along with the view of the Atlantic Ocean, the Reynisfjara Beach offers an experience of a lifetime! The beach was listed in 1991 in the ‘Top 10 non-tropical beaches to visit on the planet’ by National Geography. Legends say that two tr...Read more
  3. Solheimajokulll

    4.9 (82 Votes)

    Hiking Trail, Leisure

    Address: Solheimajokull Glacier, Skogar, Iceland

    Located to the southwest of Myrdalsjokull icecap, the Solheimajokull is one of the coolest trekking spots around the world- quiet literally! The glacier is about 11 kilometres long and around 2 kilometres wide and is loved for its easy yet rather engaging topography. The river Jokulsa is fed by this glacier and is known to emit Sulphuric acid &n...Read more
  4. Myrdalsjokull

    4.6 (14 Votes)

    Hiking Trail

    Address: Myrdalsjokull, Vik i Myrdal, Vik, Iceland

    The Myrdalsjokull Glacier is Iceland’s 4th largest ice cap with its peak at 1493 metres. The glacier covers a massive area of 600 square kilometres and caps the active Katla volcano that erupts once in every 40-80 years! The last eruption took place in the early 20th century and even today scientists observe the activity around the glacier...Read more
  5. Vik I Myrdal Church

    4.5 (153 Votes)
    Vik I Myrdal Church

    Church, Religious Site

    Address: Main Ring Road, Vik, Iceland

    The Vik church dates back to 1873 and is located on a hill in Vik and is the only place that survived the 1918 flood. Even today, the locals practise drills to rush to the church in case of another eruption. The simple yet elegant architecture of the church gives it a rather old-world charm. The structure is built completely out of wood and was ...Read more
  6. Reynisfjall Mountain

    3.8 (4 Votes)
    Reynisfjall Mountain

    Address: Reynisfall, Vik, Iceland

    The Reynisfjall Mountain stands at a height of 340 meters and was created from a volcanic eruption under a glacier during the last Ice Age. The mountain’s irregularly oriented tuffs (that show radial shapes haphazardly meeting each other) are a curious site not just for geologists but even for tourists! The mountain is 5 kilometres long an...Read more
  7. Voyages Friendship Statue


    Address: Austurvegur 18, Vik 870, Iceland

    Created by the famous sculptor Steinunn Thorarinsdottir, the Voyages Friendship Statue has a sister statue in Hull, England. The statue celebrates the trading relationship and history of over 100 years between Britain and Iceland through the North Atlantic Ocean. The statue was a welcome change to mend the differences that rose during the Cold W...Read more
  8. Vik Swimming Pool

    Swimming Pool

    Address: Manabraut 3, 870 Vik, Iceland

    Offering a warm escape from Iceland’s cold weather, the Vik Swimming Pool has a warm children’s pool, a steam room, a water slide, a 25 metre outdoor swimming pool and a hot tub. The place itself is pretty basic but to swim in the outdoor pool with the view of the stunning glacier mountains all around, is what makes the place unique....Read more
  9. Hjorleifshofdi

    Hiking Trail, Nature

    Address: Hjorleifshofoi, Vik, Iceland

    With a steep hiking trail, stunning panoramic views over Vik, meadows where you can see sheep grazing and the ruins that merge so well with the landscape, exploring Hjorleifshofoi on foot is a treat no nature-lover should miss out on. The hike ends at a burial site marked by a dome-shaped stone structure. You can see the beautiful Atlantic Ocean...Read more