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Atlantic Ocean.

Vík in Mýrdalur is Iceland's most southerly village. Although this community of 600 inhabitants faces the open Atlantic, Vík is the only seaside settlement in Iceland left without a harbour due to natural circumstances. Nevertheless Vík's inhabitants go fishing with the help of their amphibious boats, which enable them to drive, literally, out to sea. Vík has good travel services and offers plenty of camping and hotel space. Among the many aspects of Vík that make it attractive to tourists are the increasingly popular sea-and-land trips in the above-mentioned boats; sight-seeing flights; snowmobile trips on the Myrdalsjökull glacier; excellent salmon and trout fishing; and horseback riding, to list a few.


The natural beauty of the area is spectacular. Just east of the village's outskirts lies one of Europe's biggest arctic tern breeding grounds. South of Vík is a beautiful beach, which the international ISLANDS Magazine named one of the world's ten best island beaches in 1991. A short hike within the close vicinity of Vík is sure to satisfy all serious nature lovers and bird watchers. To the south of Reynisfjall mountain, a spectacular set of rock columns called Reynisdrangar at picture rise majestically out of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Taken on February 14, 2007