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The best thing about Vík are its people

By Sara McMahon

  • Vík in Mýrdalur. Local Eiríkur Vilhelm Sigurðarson recommends a visit to the Vík’s black beaches. Photo/Þórir Kjartansson

Eiríkur Vilhelm Sigurðarson is the director of Kötlusetur Visitors Center in Vík í Mýrdal. Eiríkur has lived his whole life in Vík, apart from seven years spent away at University.


Name four things one should not to miss while in Vík:
1)“It’s almost mandatory for anyone travelling through Vík to stop by at the Kötlusetur Visitors Centre located in Brydebúð, one of the oldest timber houses in South Iceland. The centre features a very educational exhibition about the Katla, one of the largest and most active volcanoes in Iceland. It also houses a crafts shop which carries locally made good and an Information Centre.
2) “I recommend a visit to Gallerí leirbrot og gler, a small gallery run by artist Guðrún Sigurðardóttir who makes beautiful art pieces from glass.
3) “Hike up Reynisfjall mountain. It only takes about an hour and a half and you won’t be disappointed by the impressive panoramic views from the top.
4) “Take a long, brisk walk along our black beach – it’s just such a magical place.”

Best spot for a picnic on a sunny summer‘s day:
“The best place for a picnic in my opinion is Víkurfjara beach. Just make sure you keep a safe distance from the bellowing ocean.”

Eiríkur Vilhelm Sigurðarson, 25 ára, director of the Kötlusetur Visitors Center in Vík í Mýrdal, with his dog Zenta. Photo/Varya Lozenko

Favourite day-trip from Vík:
“Begin the day by having breakfast in Vík, then drive east to Hjörleifshöfði cape. The hike up the cape takes around two hours. Drive back to Vík for some lunch and then head west to Reynisfjara beach (route 215) to check out the basalt columns and the views. After that carry on to Sólheimajökull glacier (route 221). By the root of the glacier one can hire a guide to take you for a hike up the ice cap – it’s not recommended you hike up the glacier by yourself. Next drive further west to visit Skógarfoss waterfall and the Skógar Folk Museum. Now it’s time to head back east with a short stop in Dyrhólaey (route 218) which is a picturesque peninsula. If you are lucky you might be able to spot some puffins. End the day with a nice meal in one of the restaurants in Vík.”

What‘s the best thing about living in Vík?
“The people and the town’s beautiful surroundings.”

What’s the best café in Vík?
“All of them are very good: J Suður-Vík, Halldórskaffi and Ströndin.”

What would you recommend for those travelling with children to do/see while in town:
“Visit the swimming pool and the beach. One can easily spend hours on end playing on the beach.”

Where’s the best place to meet locals?
“On the streets of Vík.”

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