Immediately following our walk through the blistering wind, we hopped back onto the bus and made our way to Vik, Iceland. It is a small town and by small town, I mean I think it has less than 300 people who live there. As you drive into the area that is Vik, you see a few houses along the mountain side and then eventually end up at a restaurant called Strondin Bistro and Bar. Our tour guide suggested we take some time to go check out the black sand beaches and also ensure we have enough time to get some food. Since the weather was so temperamental that day, we made the decision to run out to the black sand beaches first and then find our way to dinner.
Obviously given the weather and the fact that it was still the end of winter, we bundled up again and made our way out to the water. The sky was gray and dark, the sun was disappearing in the distance and you could see it shining on the basalt rock columns in the distance. There’s a trail that leads directly to the beaches from the restaurant it’s a quick walk down to the water and the beaches. I’ve seen black sand beaches before in New Zealand but didn’t get a chance to really enjoy it. I have to admit that this time, it was kind of hard to enjoy since it was so cold and windy, especially given the fact that we had zero protection from the wind. But it was still absolutely beautiful and something I’m glad I had the chance to experience.
One of the things that I’ve noticed about all the stops on the southern coast tour in Iceland is that no matter where you stop, it’s a relatively untouched location. Usually there’s just one or two buildings around (I mean, the majority of the population lives in Reykjavik anyway) and you will get a perfect 360 degree view of the surroundings. And dependent on where you look and which direction you’re facing, you’ll see drastic changes in weather and scenery in general. I remember the first time I was in Iceland, I was standing at Gullfoss and on one side of me the sky was the richest sky blue with zero clouds and then on the other side, it was dark gray as if a storm were about to appear. Vik provides a very similar experience. The sky behind was blue and beautiful, but ahead over the water was gray and mysterious.
After we were done taking pictures, we made our way back to Strondin and ordered some delicious soup that was essentially goulash with a hot coco because it was so cold. The dinner was relatively cheap and definitely hit the spot. When we were done eating, we made our way back to the bus for one more stop before the end of the tour.