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Vik

An Icelandic wonderland – home to beautiful basalt beaches, incredible ice caves, and gorgeous glaciers.

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From Reykjavik: South of Iceland Full-Day Trip

1. From Reykjavik: South of Iceland Full-Day Trip

Spend the day exploring the dramatic landscapes of the south of Iceland along with its coastline on a full-day sightseeing tour from Reykjavik. Along the way, discover a variety of rivers, waterfalls, mountains, and glaciers. Following a pickup from listed hotels or guesthouses by bus in central Reykjavík, travel to the gorgeous waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. At the waterfall at Seljalandsfoss, walk behind the cascades and feel the spray on your face. Continue to Skógafoss to marvel at the 60-meter drop. Pass the black sand beaches of the southern coast and enjoy the power of the sea. Visit the glacier snout of Sólheimajökull to see an outlet glacier of Mýrdalsjökull. Admire the ever-changing feat of nature up-close. Then, look at the basalt sea stacks at Reynisfjara, Iceland’s southernmost village just south of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, before returning to Reykjavik.

From Vik or Reykjavik: Katla Ice Cave and Super Jeep Tour

2. From Vik or Reykjavik: Katla Ice Cave and Super Jeep Tour

Discover southern Iceland’s unique ice caves on a guided tour from Vik or Reykavik. Experience breathtaking views as you drive along the country's spectacular south coast. Jump on a Super Jeep and head down a rural road. Approach incredible landscapes and jaw-dropping sights as you make your way to your first stop. Arrive at Myrdalsjokull Glacier and hike across it to reach Kötlujökull Glacier with provided crampons. Explore the frigid blue and black ice cave and admire its interior with your experienced guide. Head back to the minivan for the return drive to Vik or Reykavik.

Reykjavik: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Full-Day Guided Trip

3. Reykjavik: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Full-Day Guided Trip

Explore the dramatic landscapes of the south of Iceland on a full-day sightseeing tour by bus. Go to the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon outlet of the largest glacier in Europe, leaning about its history and formation from your local guide. Following a pickup from your hotel in Reykjavik, transfer to the southern coast and the dramatic Glacier Lagoon. Enjoy plenty of time to see the floating icebergs and enjoy the stunning scenery. During the season, make sure to reserve your ticket to the boat cruise on the Jökulsárlón and experience the unique Glacier Lagoon spectacle up close. When you prebook, your place is guaranteed. Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is Iceland’s largest and deepest glacier lagoon. It branches from Breidamerkurjokull, an outlet glacier of Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier. Return to Reykjavik, stopping at the gorgeous waterfall Seljalandsfoss. You will visit the Diamond beach with black sand, and there will be an additional stop in Iceland's southernmost village at Vík for dinner.

Iceland: Full-Day South Coast, Black Beach & Waterfalls Tour

4. Iceland: Full-Day South Coast, Black Beach & Waterfalls Tour

Travel through the farming regions of southern Iceland and experience the Land of Fire and Ice on this full-day bus tour from Reykjavík, with a tour guide and optional hotel transfers. Encounter the Reynisfjara black sand beach, Eyjafjallajökull volcano, thundering waterfalls, and majestic glaciers. Choose from a private tour option with convenient hotel pickup and drop-off, a group tour with hotel pickup and drop-off, or a group tour from a centrally-located meeting point. Relax on the drive through the rugged countryside of the south. Admire stunning natural landscapes that have been shaped over the centuries by the combined activity of glaciers and volcanoes. Marvel at the rainbows which hover over Skógafoss waterfall. Take a walk on the black sand Reynisfjara beach while observing its surrounding basalt columns. Learn about the Icelandic legend regarding the columns and let yourself wonder if they are actually mischievous trolls who were turned into rock by the rising sun. See dramatic cliffs and caves and walk behind the Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. Return to Reykjavík at the end of your tour. 

Skaftafell: Ice Cave Tour and Glacier Hike

5. Skaftafell: Ice Cave Tour and Glacier Hike

Explore breathtaking ice formations and glacier mills on this guided tour in Skaftafell. Marvel at a naturally-formed, blue ice cave and learn how glaciers are formed. A professional hiking guide will take you to the base of Falljökull, an outlet glacier of the Vatnajökull ice cap, and lead you up to the cave. On a clear day, be sure to look out for Hvannadalshnúkur in the distance.

From Reykjavik: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach

6. From Reykjavik: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach

Embark on a guided tour from Reykjavik to the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon. Witness the mighty Hvannadalshnjúkur mountain and black sand desert that sprawls between Skaftafell National Park and the lagoon.  Stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind the cascades to reach the other side. Continue to the majestic Skógafoss waterfall and admire the impressive 60-meter drop. Continue to Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and stroll along the shores of the lake. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the area as 1,000- to 1,500-year-old ice breaks away from the Vatnajökull glacier and floats silently on the water. Recognize locations from some of the many movies that have been filmed in the area, such as Batman Begins and Tomb Raider. Stop at the spectacular Diamond Beach and admire the strand of black sand speckled with clumps of ice, giving an appearance of shimmering diamonds. In the warmer months, enjoy an added boat ride around the lagoon and witness the floating icebergs up-close.

From Vik: Katla Ice Cave and Super Jeep Tour

7. From Vik: Katla Ice Cave and Super Jeep Tour

Explore a natural ice cave on this guided trip from Vik. Board a jeep in Vík and go off the beaten track into the Icelandic wilderness. Geared up in safety equipment, journey through a landscape of majestic mountains and glaciers toward the Katla Ice Cave. From Vík, jump into a jeep and step into the mighty glaciers and ice caves of South Iceland. Strap on your crampons and helmets to explore this natural phenomenon. Walk across the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier, situated below the Katla volcano. Wander through the cave and marvel at spectacular color combinations of blue, gray and black, as your guide tells you about the Kötlujökull glacier and the Katla ice cave’s formation.

South Coast Classic: Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik

8. South Coast Classic: Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik

On this full-day tour, you’ll follow the coastline from Reykjavík into the volcanic and glaciated wonderland that is Iceland's south coast. Walk behind the thundering veil of spray at the Seljalandsfoss waterfall and take in the incredible views from the top of the Skógafoss waterfall. Your tour begins with a drive through lava fields, passing by the active Hengill volcano, and then down to rich coastal farmlands. On clear days you’ll be able to see the Hekla volcano, and in the distance the glacier-capped Eyjafjallajökull volcano rises majestically above the coastal mountains. Just a few kilometers off the coastline and easily visible are the volcanic Westman Islands, an archipelago of around 15 small islands, only one of which is inhabited. Stop at the Sólheimajökull glacier, which is every photographer’s dream. Next on the itinerary is the Reynisfjara black sand beach. See the powerful Atlantic waves crashing on the black sands, the jagged basalt sea stacks and the huge basalt-column cave. Next you’ll head to the coastal village of Vik, the southernmost village in Iceland, located on the island’s main ring road. Despite its small size (291 inhabitants), it is the largest settlement for 70 kilometers. On your way back to Reykjavík, you’ll stop by the powerful Skógafoss waterfall for a short walk up a flight of steps to admire one of Iceland´s most scenic views. The view takes in glaciers, volcanoes and black sandy beaches. The last stop is at the 60-meter-high Seljalandsfoss waterfall, best known for the hidden pathway behind and around it.

Sólheimajökull: Guided Glacier Hike

9. Sólheimajökull: Guided Glacier Hike

Explore the south coast of Iceland, and walk on one of Iceland’s last remaining glaciers on this guided glacier hiking tour of Sólheimajökull. Put on your crampons and discover crevasses, shafts, and ridges as you learn about the formation and history of this frozen wonderland. Discover one of Iceland's best attractions just a 2-hour drive from Reykjavík. Get a meet and greet from your specialist guide, and then head to the roots of the glacier on arrival. Put on the provided equipment needed to walk across the ice, including helmets, crampons, and ice axes. Spend about 1 hour walking on the stunning outlet glacier of the mighty Mýrdalsjökull to see a lot of different natural formations, including ice cave tunnels and a glacier lagoon. Get detailed explanations about this miracle of nature before the 40-minute hike back to the parking lot.

From Jökulsárlón: Vatnajökull Glacier Blue Ice Cave Tour

10. From Jökulsárlón: Vatnajökull Glacier Blue Ice Cave Tour

Your journey will begin by meeting your driver guide and the biggest custom-made super jeeps in Iceland! We depart from the Glacier Lagoon and drive for about thirty minutes or as close as possible to Breiðamerkurjökull, the glacial tongue that extends from southern Vatnajökull. During the journey, your guide will explain how ice caves form. They will also share information about the glaciers, volcanoes, and the culture of this area. After arriving, walk for about twenty minutes (1,5 km) until you reach the glacier and the cave’s entry. Before you enter the cave, your guide will go over some safety issues and provide you with helmets and crampons if conditions require them. As Ice Caves are completely natural and change very quickly, nature dictates which caves you are able to access. As the glacier and the caves are in constant change, the conditions for each tour can vary. Keep in mind that from season to season (even within the season), the ice caves change, old ones disappear, and new ones form.

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What should I do on my first trip to Vik?

Vik is a small village on Iceland’s southern coast and one of the coolest places to stay. It’s known for its towering volcanic cliffs, epic black sand beaches, and dramatic waterfalls. If you’re visiting Vik for the first time, you’ll want to visit Reynisfjara Beach, one of Iceland’s most famous black sand beaches and an amazing spot for dramatic landscape photos. Skógafoss waterfall, one of the largest in the country, is another must-see. — make sure to visit early to beat the crowds.

What are some hidden gems to see in Vik?

There are several hidden gems to discover in Vik that are not as well-known as the popular attractions on the nearby Golden Circle route. One is Fjadragljufur, a stunning and secluded canyon just a short drive from Vik that’s great for hiking. You can also find some excellent glacier and ice cave experiences from Vik, like the trip to Katla Ice Cave. If you find the Skógafoss waterfall too busy when you arrive, check out the Kvernufoss waterfall, a much less visited but equally beautiful cascade nearby.

How much time should I spend in Vik?

Many travelers visit Vik for only a day on the way to see the southern highlights like Reynisfjara Beach. Still, there’s so much to explore here, and finding a place to stay in Vik for two or three days is a great idea if you want to visit the ice caves and black sand beaches, and experience the famous zipline in the Diamond Circle.

What is the best way to get around Vik?

The best way to get around Iceland is to rent a car. You can easily do this in Reykjavik or at Reykjavik Airport. While Vik is a small village, most of its main attractions are located outside of town, so it’s best to drive or book a tour that leaves from the village.

What are the best months to visit Vik?

Summer is the peak visitor season in Iceland (June-August) when the weather is mild and the days are long. This is the best time for outdoor activities like hiking and day trips to see the amazing waterfalls, but everywhere is busier. If you prefer fewer crowds, Alternatively, the shoulder seasons around May and September are a good time to go. You can still enjoy good weather and long daylight hours at this time but with fewer tourists and lower prices. If you visit Vik during the winter, prepare for extreme cold, but you’ll get a better chance to explore the nearby ice caves and see the Northern Lights.

What is Vik known for?

The small southern village of Vik is best known for its stunning natural scenery and unique volcanic beaches. The village is also known for its rich history and culture. Don't miss the ancient church of Vík i Myrdal and the Skaftfellingur Ship Museum.

What are the best areas for outdoor activities around Vik?

One of the most incredible natural areas to explore around Vik is the Skaftafell National Park, around 1.5 hours away by car. Skaftagell boasts epic glaciers, incredible ice caps, and towering mountain backdrops that make for some amazing photos. This park has plenty of hiking trails, including the Skaftafellsjökull glacier and the Svartifoss waterfall trails.

What are the best beaches around Vik?

Vik is home to several stunning volcanic beaches, including Reynisfjara Beach and the lesser-known Dyrhólaey Beach. These beaches are worth visiting for the impressive volcanic landscapes, quite unlike anywhere else on Earth. Reynisfjara Beach, located just a few kilometers west of the village, is famous for its black sand, towering basalt sea stacks, and dramatic cliffs formed by the powerful forces of the ocean and wind. Dyrhólaey Beach is located about a 15-minute drive east of Vik and is another beautiful beach with an impressive, massive arch rising from the waves.

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What people are saying about Vik

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What an amazing experience. This is a must tour if you are visiting Iceland. My son and I had such a wonderful time. Pick up was on time and after a short stop in Vik where we visited the Black Sand Beach, we got into the Jeep and made our way to the cave. It was a slightly bumpy ride which last about 30 minutes. The tour guide was great - very helpful and informative. He even had a snowball fight with my son whilst we were hiking down from the cave. It’s the little things that make these sorts of tours memorable, so thanks for entertaining my son. You walk through an ice cave and end up close to the ice ‘hole’ (see photos). It’s not an easy hike up especially if you’re not used to such activities but it is totally worth it. I would strongly recommend it as it’s the safest way to see such a magnificent ice cave that is constantly changing. We then visited 2 waterfalls. Such a great day out.

We had a great time on snowmobiles. The views were amazing and our guide provided great information on the geology and points of interest in the area. The van ride up the mountain was a bit rough, but that was due to the road. Overall would recommend taking the tour.

This trip is amazing! Perfect for anyone even kids, tour guide was super fun gave some very interesting information. You get more than enough time to view all the beautiful places on this tour. The guide was so helpful and the tour itself is worth EVERY penny.

A fantastically pleasant trip. Dave is a great humorous guide. And the driver of the bus is incredibly welcoming and also wants to tell what he knows about Iceland. A long but lovely day

Our guide Jay was amazing. He took every precaution to make our journey safe and fun. Even though it was light rain the whole time it was a beautiful activity.