Our most recommended things to do in Vik

From Vik: Katla Ice Cave Jeep Tour and Glacier Walk

1. From Vik: Katla Ice Cave Jeep Tour and Glacier Walk

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.

From Reykjavik: South of Iceland Full-Day Trip

2. 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.

Skaftafell: Ice Cave Tour and Glacier Hike

3. 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.

Sólheimajökull: Kayaking by the Glacier

4. Sólheimajökull: Kayaking by the Glacier

Your tour will begin as you meet your expert kayaking guide at the Sólheimajökull parking lot. From here, you will be equipped with a dry suit before being shown the basic techniques to manoeuvre in your kayak. These sit-on-top kayaks are extremely easy to steer, and no previous kayaking experience is required. Once on the kayak and you push off into the lagoon, you’ll be immediately immersed into a world of iceberg-filled calm waters, with breathtaking views of the Sólheimajökull Glacier, which is only able to be seen while on water. After a few hours of gliding along the stillness of the lagoon, you will head back to shore having collected some unforgettable memories.

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

5. 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.

From Vik: Myrdalsjokull glacier and Katla Ice Cave Tour

6. From Vik: Myrdalsjokull glacier and Katla Ice Cave Tour

Looking for something off the typical tourist track? This is the tour for you! It’s time to jump in a super jeep, strap on your crampons and step onto the mighty Myrdalsjokull glacier. Mother Nature has really outdone herself with this one, the movie-like surroundings and glaciers are everywhere you look. Grandiose ice walls tower over you as you walk among them to enter the magical blue and black ice dome of the outlet glacier named after the powerful volcano Katla. Prepare to have your breath taken away! Mýrdalsjökull glacier is one of the best-known in Iceland- from which the alluring Kötlujökull glacier originates. Kötlujökull is named after the robust Icelandic Volcano Katla, which is covered by the glacier. As the enormous mass of ice has been slowly crawling down from the volcano-mountain, it creates in some of Iceland’s most impressive natural ice caves. On this exhilarating Super Jeep tour, you will get to explore the wonders of this stunning natural phenomenon. You will see why as soon as you step in! We will come to a stop near the roots of Kötlujökull glacier and the view that greets us is otherworldly. We will take on our crampons and helmets, and take a short walk to the opening of the ice cave. We might need to climb a few steps on ladders to the entrance of the cave. As the natural ice cave is in a constant change, conditions can be different at each tour. The climb is, however, not difficult at all and anyone in an average physical condition should be able to climb these steps. It might look adventurous but it is not demanding at all! Beautiful layers of different colored ice and volcanic ash unfold from the ice as we come closer to the cave, painting impressive stripes in the glacier. Your guide will tell you all about the history of the glacier, the ice cave and the area around it making the tour educating and exciting all at once. This tour is a meet on location from Vík.

Sólheimajökull: Guided Glacier Hike

7. 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.

South Coast: ATV Quad Bike 2-Hour Safari

8. South Coast: ATV Quad Bike 2-Hour Safari

The adventure starts with a short safety briefing on how to operate the ATVs. When everyone is ready, it's take-off time, when you'll head for the majestic black sand plains of Sólheimasandur. Cross this desert-like landscape and stop by the famous DC3 plane that crashed on the sands in 1973. The guide will lead the group further over the sands to the spectacular coastline to witness views of the surrounding area. From the beach, see Dyrhólaey peninsula, the southernmost tip of Iceland. Looking inland, you can see the marvelous Mýrdalsjökull glacier in the distance. Heading back over the sands and following the Jökulsá river, your adventure will conclude as you cross a river to enter a stunning mountain valley.

From Reykjavik: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Full-Day Trip

9. From Reykjavik: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Full-Day 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.

Vík: Icelandic Lava Show Entrance ticket

10. Vík: Icelandic Lava Show Entrance ticket

Experience the thrill of seeing molten lava with this ticket to the Icelandic Lava Show in Vik. Combine an educational experience with fun as you learn about volcanos by recreating an exhilarating eruption.  Get to the show early to grab some good seats and purchase a cool drink. Witness the recreation a volcano eruption, similar to what the Eyjafjallajökull and Katla volcanos are famous.  See molten lava which reaches a temperature of 1100°C, pour into the showroom and over ice. It is an epic battle between the elements and a unique opportunity to get close to red-hot lava, see it flowing, hear it sizzling, and feel the intense heat that radiates from it.

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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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based on 9,176 reviews

Definitely recommend this trip to anyone wanting to see more of Iceland. We were blessed with fantastic weather and our wonderful guide Monika & driver Tomak took us to a couple of extra stops along the way to make the most of the day. The waterfalls were amazing (although due to it still being slippy we didn't get to walk behind the waterfall at Selijalandsfoss, but it didn't take anything away from the day. The beach at Reynisfjara was beautiful but the glacier at Solheimajokull was breathtaking - we'd definitely do the glacier hike if we get to come back again. During the journey Monika told us lots about the area and Icelandic traditions and played us lots of Icelandic music - very much appreciated.

AMAZING tour. One of the highlights of my trip. Our guide, Albert, was so fun and knowledgable, and even stopped some extra times to show us even more sights! We even got to see the Northern Lights on our night at the hotel. A fantastic way to see the south coast, and the ice cave tour was awesome. Would recommend bringing some power bars/snacks, as we didn't stop for lunch/dinner until 5pm the second day. But the bus made lots of bathroom stops and you could buy snacks there too. The hotel was great that they had booked us in. All around a well planned and super fun tour! (our tour bus didn't have outlets unfortunately, so I would definitely recommend a portable charger)

The tour was excellent! Our guide and the driver did the job wonderfully. However, the service description could be better and include information that one can have limited access to some activities in the winter. Don't lose the opportunity to eat a Black Crust Pizza. It's just amazing.

We went on the south coast and sky lagoon tour on Monday 13th February. Alan was our guide, he was brilliant, his knowledge on the history of Iceland was amazing, he also gave tips of where to eat in Reykjavik. We had a fantastic day despite the weather!

Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and we could tell how much he loved his job. The views and caves were spectacular and the hike was great!