Exploring Vík, South Iceland

After our glacier hike was cancelled, we were left wondering if there was enough to do in Vík to keep us entertained for an entire day. Vík, with a population of only a few hundred, turned out to be one of the most stunningly surprising places I’ve ever been. Here’s a look:


Planning our day around Vík.


The view from our guesthouse at 10am, when the sun had barely risen.


Many roads are impassable in snowy conditions, so we just went as far as we could.


Just a little winter snow shadow.


First glimpse of Reynisfjara.


The utterly incredible basalt columns of Reynisfjara next to the famous sea stacks of Reynisdrangur. My favourite spot of the day.


Up close with the basalt columns.


The adorably sweet church (kirkja) at Reynisfjara.


So, as disappointed as we were that our glacier hike was cancelled, it’s hard to be too sad when you end up spending your day exploring a place that looks like this.

9 Comments Add yours

  1. ashleypaige4 says:

    I have really been wanting to go to Iceland, and these just fed my wanderlust! Great posts and photos!

    1. Thanks! Glad you like them :) I can’t recommend Iceland enough. I’ve been twice now and I think i’ll just keep going back every couple years for the rest of my life. You’ll absolutely love it!

  2. Shtina says:

    I didn’t know that Iceland had basalt columns too. I’ve seen the ones in Northern Ireland which are very cool.

    1. Yep! Not sure if they exist elsewhere in the country, but these are right on the southern edge of the country, fully at the mercy of the north Atlantic winds and waters :)

  3. allesistgut says:

    Wow, I love your beautiful photos. They are both peaceful and powerful. Well done!

    1. Thanks! Peaceful and powerful is definitely the best way to describe this part of the country.

  4. Ayngelina says:

    How cold is it there???

    1. Not too bad, actually. On average Toronto actually has a slightly colder winter than Reykjavik, although their cold temperatures start earlier than ours do. It was about -2 most of the time (although the wind on the south coast made it rather chilly), but at one point it was about -11 (luckily we were driving, so we just didn’t get out of the car haha). If you come equipped with what you normally would wear in Toronto in winter, you’d be fine.

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