Vik in Myrdal


July 5, 2022

Vík í Mýrdal (pronounced: ˈviːk i ˈmirˌtaːl̥; also known as Vík ( pronounced ✩)) is the southernmost settlement on the island of Iceland, the seat of Mýrdalshreppur. It is one of the few villages in Iceland that lies on the coast but does not have a port. It is located 187 km east of Reykjavík and is an important settlement for tourists visiting the Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Volcanic ash fell on the settlement during the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull.

Proximity to Katla volcano

The settlement is located directly at the outlet of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, under which the Katla volcano hides. The active volcano Katla typically erupts every 40-80 years, most recently in 1918, so its eruption is long overdue. The locals are mostly afraid of the flood caused by the melting of the 400-700 m thick layer of ice covering the volcano, which could sweep away the entire village. The village church, which stands on top of a hill, is the only building that can survive such a flood. For this reason, the locals regularly practice how to get to the church as quickly as possible in case of the faintest sign of an eruption.


A less favorable feature of the settlement for tourists is that it has the highest number of rainy days per year in Iceland.


The settlement is home to the Ungmennafélagið Katla sports club.


The village is the location of the Netflix series Katla, which shows the effects of the volcano's first eruption in 1918 on the residents.



This article is partly or entirely based on a translation of the English Wikipedia article Vík í Mýrdal. The editors of the original article are listed in its page history. This indication only indicates the origin of the wording, it does not serve as a reference to the source of the information in the article.

More information

Wikivoyage has a description of Vík í Mýrdal. Mýrdalshreppur website (in Icelandic)