Icelandair Hotel Vik

With a year-round population of less than 1,000 residents, the quaint village of Vik in Myrdalur may be one of southern Iceland’s best-kept secrets. But its proximity to several of the coastal region’s stunning works of nature—and the charming hospitality of the Icelandair Hotel Vik—make it an outstanding place for visitors to the region to set up camp.

Iceland’s southern coast is home to some of the country’s most breathtaking scenery, including glaciers, sandy beaches and the vast north Atlantic Ocean. The Myrdalsjokull Glacier dominates the horizon, while the lush Myrdalur Valley is well-known for its diverse array of plant and bird life. A trip to nearby Mt. Reynisfjall will almost certainly include an encounter with the quirky, bright-beaked puffin population, while a stroll along the beach is likely to include sightings of fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots, auks and other sea birds. Other not-to-be-missed attractions include Reynisdrangar Pillars, Reynisfjara Beach, Dyrholaey Island, and Solheimajokull Glacier.

With so much to see in the area, a conveniently located hotel is a must. The Icelandair Hotel Vik offers not only proximity to these geographic gems, but also impeccable service and comfortable, well-appointed accommodations.

The hotel’s 88 guest rooms are divided between a large main building and five small cottages on the property. All are outfitted with a clean, modern style that mirrors their pristine coastal surroundings, and all boast spectacular views of the nearby cliffs, the sea or the Reynisdrangar Pillars.

Located in the lobby, the hotel bar offers the same stunning views as the guest rooms, and a blazing fireplace provides a cozy retreat for guests to relax with a hand-crafted beverage.

The onsite restaurant, Berg, emphasizes fresh, local foods and authentic Icelandic fare. A hearty breakfast buffet is available daily, while the evening menu features dishes like marinated herring with beetroot salad, Arctic char with white wine sauce, Icelandic rack of lamb with local vegetable ragu. For dessert, the obvious choice is the Icelandic skyr with forest fruits.

The hotel also maintains full-service meeting and event facilities perfect for conferences, celebrations and other gatherings. Staff are available to assist with organizing team-building activities and group recreational outings, such as hiking, a round of golf at the nearby golf course or a relaxing evening at the town’s public pool.

The rooms in the hotel’s main building were designed and decorated by acclaimed architect Gudbjorg Magnusdottir, who drew his artistic inspiration from the coastal region’s ocean views and black-sand beaches. Rooms are available in several sizes and layouts, including 32 economy rooms, two deluxe rooms, 17 double/twin rooms with an ocean view, 17 double/twin rooms with a mountain view, five triple guest rooms and five family rooms. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, desk and chair, coffee and tea set, shower and hairdryer.

Additionally, guests may opt to stay in one of 10 guest rooms in five quaint cottages adjacent to the main building. Each cottage room has a lovely view of the sea as well as private bathroom with shower, double or twin beds, desk and chair, TV, phone, hairdryer and coffee and tea set.