Stroll along the volcanic sand of a black beach, climb to the top of the cliffs and enjoy views of stacks and arches on Iceland’s southern coast.
At the southern tip of Iceland, Vik I Myrdal is a village with extraordinary black beaches. With only about 300 inhabitants, it is the largest commune for many miles. Enjoy the village’s main attractions, the volcanic terrain and ocean views around it.
Take your family to Black Beach for a typical day of sand and sea on an atypical beach. Stroll along the black coastline and pick up shiny rocks formed by volcanoes. The most recognizable landmark in the region is the Reynisdrangar stack in the ocean in front of the beach. Take photos of the pointed rock formations and climb the cliffs behind the beach for a different angle.
To the west is Reynisfjara, another stretch of black sand, remarkable basalt columns and caves. Enjoy a picnic with views of the water and the sound of crashing waves.
Discover the peninsula of Dyrholaey and admire its arch hovering over the ocean. Amble along the green fields near cliffs overlooking the sea. Enjoy views of the glacier of Myrdalsjokull to the west and stacks to the east. Go birdwatching with binoculars to spot several different species. The town favorite is the puffin, which makes its nest in the cliffs.
This region is the wettest part of Iceland, with ferocious winds and crashing waves on the beaches. It remains popular year-round because the intense weather adds to the dramatic scenery. The village lies at risk near a large glacier, whose melted ice could devastate the town if the nearby volcano erupted.
Fly to one of the airports in the capital city of Reykjavik and drive southeast for 2 hours to reach the small village. It is the southernmost point of the country and faces the Atlantic Ocean.
The jagged cliffs, pointed rock formations and black sand of Vik I Myrdal make it seem like the end of the world.