South coast, Iceland
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Vík is a picturesque village on the south coast of Iceland. It is known for its stunning black sand beach and the iconic Reynisdrangar rock formations that serve as a backdrop to this beautiful place. Reynisdrangar are basalt sea stacks rising out of the ocean, making filming on the black beach close to them an absolute joy. The beach is a 3 kilometres long stretch of volcanic ash and sand and offers a fantastic contrast between the fizzing white surf and the stark black sand. There are two great panoramic viewpoints for the village, Reynisdrangar and the beach. The first one by the church, situated high up in the village, and the other one up on Mt. Reynisfjall where you also get a panoramic view of the Reynisfjara and Dyrhólaey on the other side.

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The area is on route no 1. Off-road driving is strictly forbidden in Iceland, especially on the famous black sands.
Public transportation available
Public transportation available nearby
Car recommended
Unchallenging terrain accessible by car
Excellent phone coverage
Great phone coverage without interruptions
Not needed
Guide is not needed

Services nearby

There are many hotels and lodgings possibilities in this village and the area around it. A gas station and a convenience store can also be found in the village, as well as other services. The nearest hospital is in Selfoss, 129 km away.
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Gas station
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Hospital or emergency room
More than 50 km away
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You need a two-way permit, depending on where you shoot.
Shooting requires both the permission from the property owner and the local government permit
The area is a part of Katla UNESCO Global Geopark.
Shooting permits are issued by the local government

Basecamp and facilities

There are several options for basecamps and tech bases in the village. The village is one of Iceland’s most visited places, so all facilities are close by. Phone coverage is excellent.

Risk factors

It can get strenuous to work in the sand. The road that leads up Mt. Reynisfjall is very steep and only suitable for specialised vehicles. Winds in the region can get extreme.


The village is the island’s foremost tourist village. Thousands of people drive through here to continue their journey along the south coast of Iceland.

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