Vík í Mýrdal is a small hamlet on the southern shores of Iceland. Thanks to its location it is an important stopover
for travelers on the Ringroad.
Vik lies just below the Mýrdalsjökull glacier that covers Katla
, a dangerous active
volcano. When Katla erupts the only refuge for the locals is its church on higher ground or the cold ocean.
In 2010 the
Vik area got a volcanic ash dusting from the eruption of the nearby Eyjafjallajökull volcano.
Typical for Vik and
its surroundings are the beaches of black basalt sand and pebbles. Do not expect any sunny beach weather though as Vik receives
more than 2 meters of annual rainfall.
For tourists the area's hotspots are the bird invested Reynisfjall mountain and
the volcanic peninsula Dyrhólaey.