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Vík í Mýrdal or Vik village a popular place for accommodation


Vík í Mýrdal village - Vik
Vík í Mýrdal village - Vik

Throughout the centuries, very few harbors or piers have been built on the southern coastline of Iceland. Not only is it difficult because of the sand beaches, but also because of the enormous forces of nature that meet on the shoreline. On the one hand, we have the Atlantic ocean hammering its waves on the coast century after century, and on the other hand, the rivers and eruptions move sand, ash, stones, and rocks from the land to the ocean. It is an endless game of giving and taking that modifies and changes the coast from one century to another. This has made the task of building a harbor to take advantage of the fishing gourds much harder than in other places in Iceland.


Vik village is on the South Coast on the map of Iceland
Vik village is on the South Coast on the map of Iceland

Vík is located on the Ring Road in Iceland

Restaurant in Vik village
Restaurant in Vik village

The small village of Vik, located in the middle of the south coast, was no exception, although the people living there have always been interested in finding a way to build a harbor or a pier. An idea that never succeeded and was probably never possible. But this did not prevent a small village do develop. The most contributing factor was trade, as Vik became a trading post for much of the region east of the village all the way to the Eastern Region. In the late 19th century, the village had a trading post opened. As communication and transportation developed, so did the village of Vik. A few houses were built in the first decades of the 20th century, and a school started as early as 1901. Soon after, a District Magistrate and a doctor were placed in Vík, and various services for the neighboring area developed.


The village of Vík is a good place to have your home

Sea stacks at Reynisfjara beach seen from Vik village
Sea stacks at Reynisfjara beach seen from Vik village

Today Vík is considered a good place to live with a relatively short distance from the capital area. It has a preschool, a primary and secondary school, an excellent sports facility, and a swimming pool. The church was built in the early thirties. The village is taking a turn towards the tourist industry, offering a variety of accommodations and tourist-related services.


An ideal place to stop if you are traveling the Ring Road in Iceland

Swimming pool in Vik village
Swimming pool in Vik village

Vík is an ideal place to stop when you are traveling the Ring Road in Iceland. The town has a small convenience store, a gas station, nice restaurants, a gas station, a variety of accommodations, fascinating natural wonders neighbors, and a camping area with excellent facilities.


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