As you travel throughout this tiny rock in the North Atlantic Ocean, discovering all of its natural beauty, you might be dying to get off the beaten path. You know, a place to discover and have all to yourself. With the serious increase in tourism, it can be tough to do without a local guide. Our Katlatrack team love to show you around, so join us today as we share with you 25 Things to Do in Vik Iceland!
Welcome to our hometown, Vik! It’s a town that only 300ish people live on a daily basis. So to say we all know each other, is pretty darn true! When you drive down the mountain and into the town, you get a sense of excitement but still with the underlying, small town charm and hospitality. Here is our guide to the best sights to see and the best unique and offbeat things to do in Vik, Iceland!
1- Visit the Hillside Vik Church
If you find yourself self-driving in Iceland the ring road. Few things are more iconic than Víkurkirkja (Vik i Myrdal Church). It was built in 1932 and has stood strong against the wind over time thanks to her concrete walls. The hillside church in Vik has enough seats for 200 people. The view from the mountain the church sits on is gorgeous overlooking the charming small town.
2- Eat traditional Icelandic Meat Soup
When you have been touring or hiking around the island all day and need something warm in your belly the very best cure for that is trying a bowl of traditional Icelandic meat soup. It is traditionally referred to by locals, kjotsupa. You’re in luck too, because Vikurskali (the cafeteria inside of the N1 fuel station in Vik) is known for the best in the town! They are typically open from 11am-8pm year round.
3- Explore Caves and Learn about the Local Folklore of them!
By booking one of our custom tours, we can take you to countless local area caves that are far away from the tourists. As you explore them, your guide will tell you about the folklore stories that come with! This is a very unique “like a local” experience and one of the best things to do in Vik.
4- Play Golf!
Yes, even in Iceland we have several golf courses for you to delight in. The local golf course in Vik may not be very long, but does boast amazing views as you tee off! Feel free to check out this website for more information: http://www.visitvik.is/listings/vik-golf-course/
5- Visit the top of Reynisfjall Mountain
Standing over 1,000 feet tall is a mountain named Reynisfjall. The area overlooks the famed sea stacks that are on the black sand beach of Reynisfjara. There are only 2 ways you can get to the top. First either by your own two legs hiking the 1-2 hours (one way) up the mountain. Second, you book our team take you in our super jeep on our Best of Vík tour. Our super jeep team has special permission to drive to the top!
6- Journey to a Viking tomb!
No joke folks! One of the first settlers is buried on top of a nearby mountain in Vik. So if you are game for a hike that is about 1 hour or less depending on your pace, we recommend as a thing to do in Vik is to visit a traditional Viking tomb. You will drive 10 minutes east from the heart of Vik until you see a sign on the right saying “Hjörleifshöfði.”
Do not drive here in your standard rental car during winter (snow levels can be high). Follow the well-driven track (DO NOT OFF ROAD) until you see the next sign on the left pointing you towards the parking lot. Follow the path that leads to the top of the mountain and there you will find one of the first settlers buried in the traditional Viking tomb way. There will likely not be many people there as it is an offbeat thing to do in Vik Iceland.
7- Go Beer Tasting!
Vik Iceland is proud to have unveiled it’s very own brewery named Smiðjan Brugghús! So we dare you to grab a burger, fries, and a beer flight! Check out their website for more details.
8- Vik Swimming Pool
Unfortunately, Vik is not a geothermal hot spot. But we do have a pool if you want to relax after your afternoon of hiking! Most days they are open until 7 pm. Check out their website for more information on the Vik swimming pool hours.
9- Visit the Dyrhólaey Lighthouse and Sea Arch
If you’re a Game of Thrones fan or natural beauty, you will love visiting Dyrhólaey. It overlooks a gorgeous view of the Atlantic Ocean. During summer this place is full of all sorts of birds nesting and catching their dinners. There is a historical lighthouse, lovely sea arch, and endless views that offer fantastic photo opportunities!
10- Have a picnic overlooking Vik Beach!
In our opinion, this is one of the best things to do in Vik Iceland (outside of our local super jeep tours)! So grab some lunch to go (or even sandwiches from the local KR grocery store) and grab a seat on the sand dunes or at the picnic table down by the beach to enjoy the view! Special Note: Be careful to not get near the ripe tide waves!
11- Adventure to an Ice Cave!
You cannot leave Iceland without doing two things… Super Jeep touring and experiencing an ice cave. You’re in luck too because many of our tours like the Fasttrack Ice Cave and Katla Glacier Ice Cave, tours combine both of those super awesome things! …and we scout weekly, to ensure we always have some type of ice cave year-round to take you to!
12- Overnight at the best hotels in Vik!
Having a full day of adventure can be quite tiring so it’s nice to “home base” yourself in Vik. Our favourite hotels are Icelandair Vik and Hotel Kria. We encourage you to check them out as you plan out your things to do in Vik Iceland!
13- Go Northern Lights Hunting
Speaking of overnight accommodation in Vik, if staying the night during fall/winter time this area can be quite good for Northern Lights hunting. We would suggest you head up to the area above the church to possibly see but also encourage you to check out the local forecast on Vedur first! Note: Northern Lights season is typically October-March.
14- Visit the Wool Gallery
Many folks ask us where to buy the best local souvenirs, and our answer is simple: Vik Wool Gallery. Lots of handmade items by locals for you to consider!
15- View the Lava Show
New this year to the town and quickly becoming one of the most interesting things to do in Vik is the Lava Show. I mean who doesn’t want to see what happens when a volcano explodes?!
16- Eat a traditional Icelandic Hot Dog
Hands down one of our favourite things to do are to buy a hot dog from the N1 fuel station in Vik. They are so delicious and engrained as a part of our culture. Don’t worry my American friends out there who are likely cringing… They are not made from random parts of pigs, they are 100% lamb meat and taste totally different! You dress the hot dog in raw and fried onions, ketchup, mustard, and remolaði sauces. Traditionally you would also grab a can of coke and a Prince Polo bar too if you want to go full on Icelandic 😉
17- Paraglide from the top of a Mountain in Vik!
Our talented friends at http://www.paragliding.is/ will take good care of you!
18- Have the BEST dinner view in Vik!
No matter what country you come from, we can all appreciate the natural beauty of a nice view during dinner! At Strondin Restaurant during the months of June through September you can have hands down the BEST view during dinner in Vik Iceland. Reservations are strongly encouraged during high season.
19- Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Our Katlatrack super jeep touring team are not huge fans of visiting tourist locations. But for years now, our little beach on the other side of the mountain has received worldwide acclaim. Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach is not only stunning for the sand and the caves, but primarily because of the basalt columns emerging from the sea! The area will leave you inspired. Special Note: This area can be quite dangerous with sneaker waves so please do not go near the water and beware of what the tide is doing.
20- Eat Local Arctic Char in Vik
Several of the local restaurants offer delicious local cuisine like Arctic Char (a taste somewhere between trout and salmon, if curious). Our favourites: The Berg and Sudur Vik for the best places to eat in Vik!
21- Hike the trails above Víkurkirkja
There are countless little sweet trails that go behind Vik i Myrdal Church. Take a few minutes to explore them and witness the view of the town below!
22- Go Horseback Riding
It’s important to us locals that we keep our Vik Iceland traditions alive. Part of the history in Iceland are not only tending to our sheep but riding our horses! Our friends at Vik Horse Adventure will introduce you to the amazing Icelandic horse! They are talented creatures that boast an extra gait named the “Tölt.” This is a gait so smooth that you could hold a beer and not spill it (believe me, I’ve done it!)! After all, how many chances in your life will you have the opportunity to spend time with such an amazing horse and ride them on a black sand beach?!
23- Trek to the abandoned US Navy Plane
A novelty for many tourists is witnessing the US Navy plane that crashed down on a nearby beach just 15 short minutes from the downtown of Vik. Over the last 5+ years, it has grown into one of the most popular things to do in Vik. Please note, you may only park and hike to the plane now unless you go on an ATV adventure with the landowners.
24- Search for Puffins!
Bird watching is a summer thing to do in Vik Iceland. During the months of mid-June to August, you can find these little guys throughout the cliffs of Reynisfjall Mountain and Dyrhólaey.
25- Explore Hidden Mountains and Secret Canyons!!
After this long list of what to do in Vik Iceland, you might be after something even more offbeat in a super jeep, maybe? Our Katlatrack super jeep would love to show you a mountain areas only locals go! If you book our Hidden Mountains tour, you will experience an awe-inspiring area few people have laid their eyes on. It will feel so fresh and new that you’ll want to plant a flag in the ground with your names on it saying you “just discovered it”!
The natural beauty of Vik South Iceland will leave you always wanting more. There is so much to see and do, especially during the summer months when all of the highland roads are open. Our Vik based super jeep team would love to share our local knowledge and addiction to adventure with you by showing you the pure side of Iceland. We hope today you have enjoyed this Iceland travel blog post on 25 things to do in Vik! Feel free to contact us on planning your own unique adventure exploring all that you wish in Vik!!
Your Adventure Awaits,
Guðjon + Katlatrack Team