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Vík í Mýrdal town

One of the most popular towns on the South Coast is by far Vík í Mýrdal. The little town located on the southern coastline is also the southernmost inhabited town in Iceland. You might probably know the picture of the village from the Netflix series “Katla”. 

Vík í Mýrdal has a very interesting history and is quite different from the other coastal towns. 

The thing that makes Vík í Mýrdal different is that it has no port.

The town of Vík was settled permanently in 1890 once the traders that used to come in the area remained there to sell their products: vegetables, fruits, flour, salt and sugar. The town became a commercial area and after some time there were open five food stores and two slaughterhouses.

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Over time, Vík í Mýrdal became a small settlement and a place where Icelandic farmers used to meet. In 1934 the Víkurkirkja Church was built and from that point, Vík í Mýrdal gained its status of being a village.  

Víkurkirkja Church is located on a hill that is quite above the town and from there the view over Vík is stunning. People say that in case of an eruption of the Katla volcano the church will be the safest place because the rest of the town will be flooded by the waters from the Mýrdalsjökull glacier. 

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The community in the town was very small and nowadays is no larger than approximatively 300 people. Vík í Mýrdal is a famous stop for tourists because of its location on the Ring Road and for the fact that is the only larger settlement in the area. The next town is about 70 km away from Vík. It is also the ending point for many day tours on the South Coast.

Vík í Mýrdal is surrounded by very known places such as Reynisfjall Tuff Mountain with the Reynisfjara black sand beach and Reynisdrangar on the west and south part. Katla Volcano under the Mýrdalsjökull glacier is guarding the town on the northern part and the Myrdalur Cliffs to the east. 

The area of the town has also rich wildlife and during summer there can be spotted arctic terns on the basalt cliffs of Reynisfjall and puffins on the Dyrholaey peninsula. Sometimes there can be spotted seals, dolphins or whales in the waters around Vík.

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Photo by Daniel Mirlea on Unsplash

As I already mentioned the town of Vík í Mýrdal is an important and famous stop for tourists as you can find there important places to supply while on your within Iceland. You will find there a gas station, a supermarket Kronan, an alcoholic drink shop Vínbúðin, a local clothing shop Icewear, some restaurants, cafes and hotels. 

Many activities can be done from Vík such as Zip-line adventure, Paragliding, Ice Cave exploring, Lava show. 

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