Apart from Reykjavik, the small coastal village of Vík on Iceland’s South Coast is probably one of the most visited towns in the country. It’s a popular stop located right on the Ring Road (Route 1). There’s not much surrounding the remote seafront village. But proximity to Iceland’s famed black sand beaches and the Reynisfjara peninsula’s hexagonal basalt columns make it perfect for a one or two-day stay. So what are the best restaurants in Vik? Where can you get local specialties like grilled Arctic char, roasted lamb, seafood soup, or Skyr cake? Vik has a few dining options that you should consider. The quaint village is also a great place to rest for a quick bite to eat when exploring the nearby Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon or the Diamond Beach.
Restaurant Suður Vík
Suðurvegur 1, 870 Vík-Handelssted, Iceland
Some of the best starters on the menu are the Arctic char and the fried Camembert. The seafood soup also deserves a special mention. These dishes, along with the lamb main course, are full of flavor and will melt in your mouth. Not only does the restaurant serve traditional Icelandic fare, but several tasty curries as well. The green curry and Panang curry both come highly recommended. There are also plenty of options to make vegetarians and vegans happy. The large portions and ample menu selection make Restaurant Suður Vík the perfect choice for dinner if you are looking for a hearty meal. You’ll find great food with an international flair at this establishment. And what could be better than coming in after a long day at the glacier lagoon and tucking into a warming bowl of piping hot soup with freshly baked bread?
Víkurbraut 28, 870 Vík, Myrdal, Iceland
This is one of my favorite places to eat in Vík. What started as a small “family of friends” offering simple fare has grown into a popular dining option among locals and visitors alike. They offer not only traditional Icelandic dishes such as cured lamb fillet, pan-fried Arctic char, and scrumptious Atlantic trout but also pizza baked in a wood-fired oven. The products, such as fresh cod from Hella, are grown and sourced locally and sustainably. You’ll always get freshly caught fish or Icelandic lamb raised right up the road. There are also plenty of options for vegetarians. The family-like ambience and friendly, helpful staff will leave you with a cozy feeling. And the location close to the black sand beach allows for views of the sea from inside the restaurant. The town’s information center also shares a historical building with the restaurant.
Art at Halldórskaffí
Local artist G. Svana Sigurjónsdóttir provides the artwork and decor. Her original wax crayon and iron creations are on full display and are available for purchase. Just speak to owner Kolbrún Ósk Guðjónsdóttir if any of the pieces strike your fancy.
Ströndin Bistro and Bar
Austurvegi 18, 870 Vík, Iceland
Lovers of Icelandic lamb will definitely want to make a stop at this Vík restaurant. Both the lamb goulash and marinated lamb are tasty menu options sure to leave you full. As with most food in Iceland, the lamb option a little expensive. You’ll find that anywhere you go. Ströndin might initially be a bit hard to find. It’s located behind an N1 gas station, so keep your eyes peeled. The place is small but has a nice variety of entrées, both standard and Icelandic. And a special note about the cod stew. You may be expecting a thick stew with chunks of cod, but it’s not prepared that way. Here, it’s a little more blended, so it comes out as more of a chunky purée. And of course, the fresh bread that Iceland is so well known for will also be on your table.
You’ll get lovely water and skyline views here. Also, note that the restaurant closes on Wednesdays. Most people visiting Vík are only there for a day or two, so keep this in mind if you are planning on coming midweek.
Where to Eat in Vik: Best Restaurants and Dining Options
There are other dining options in Vík and environs but to be honest, I’ve heard mixed reviews. There’s a lot of good word of mouth about the Skyr cake at Reynisfjara’s Black Beach restaurant. But a lot of people complain about the crowds of tourists there during the day. It’s the only restaurant there, so you can imagine that the numbers swell while people are visiting the area’s spectacular black sand beaches and hexagonal basalt columns. The views are amazing though, and there’s something to be said about that.
Whichever restaurant you choose, be sure to try some local cuisine as you never know the next time you’ll be in Iceland. Enjoy your trip and Bon Appétit!