Throughout the centuries, very few harbours or piers have been built on the South coastline in Iceland. Not only is it difficult because of the sand beaches, but also because of the enormous forces of nature that meet on the shoreline. On the one hand, we have the Atlantic ocean hammering its waves on the coast century after century and on the other hand, the rivers and eruptions moving sand, ash, stones and rocks from the land to the ocean. It is an endless game of giving and taking that modifies and changes the coast from one century to another. This has made the task of building a harbour to take advantage of the fishing gourds much harder than in other places in Iceland.
Vík is located on the Ring Road in Iceland
The small village of Vik located in the middle of the south coast was no exception, although the people living there have always been interested in finding a way to build a harbour or a pier. An idea that never succeeded and was probably never possible. But this did not prevent a small village do develop. The most contributing factor was trade as Vik became a trading post for much of the region east of the village all the way to the Eastern Region. In the late 19th century the village a trading post opened. As communication and transportation developed so did the village of Vik. A few houses were built in the first decades of the 20th century and a school started as early as 1901. Soon after a District Magistrate and a doctor was placed in Vík and various services for the neighbouring area developed.
The village of Vík is a good place to have your home
Today Vík is considered a good place to live in with a relatively short distance from the capital area. It has a preschool, a primary and secondary school, excellent sports facility and a swimming pool. The church was built in the early thirties. The village is taking a turn towards the tourist industry offering a variety of accommodation and tourist related services.
An ideal place to stop if you are travelling the Ring Road in Iceland
Vík is an ideal place to stop when you are travelling the Ring Road in Iceland. The town has a small convenient store, a gas station, nice restaurants, a gas station, variety of accommodation, fascinating natural wonders neighbours and a camping area with excellent facilities.
If you are going to visit the Southern Region in Iceland you might be looking for a places to stay. Here you can book from a selection of accommodationin the Vík region.