Vík in Mýrdalur is Iceland's most southerly village. Although this community of 600 inhabitants faces the open Atlantic, Vík is the only seaside settlement in Iceland left without a harbor due to natural circumstances. Nevertheless Vík's inhabitants go fishing with the help of their amphibious boats, which enable them to drive, literally, out to sea. The average precipitation in Vik is the highest in all of Iceland - which of course means that there is a lot of rain, snow, wind, sleet, hail and fog here. This is however not always the case as the weather here changes very rapidly, the sun comes back out, and therefore rainbows are probably more frequent (and vivid) here than anywhere else in the world.
The natural beauty of the area is spectacular. There are many places of interest in the vicinity of Vík. Just east of the village's outskirts lies one of Europe's biggest arctic tern breeding grounds. South of Vík is a beautiful beach, which the international ISLANDS Magazine named one of the world's ten best island beaches in 1991. A short hike within the close vicinity of Vík is sure to satisfy all serious nature lovers and bird watchers. To the south of Reynisfjall Mountain, a spectacular set of rock columns called Reynisdrangar rise majestically out of the Atlantic Ocean.
Just west of Vik, a dirt road turns into Heiðardalur, a beautiful valley concealing the beautiful crater formed Lake Heiðarvatn.