1 AM at Vík í Mýrdal, South Iceland
The village of Vík is the southernmost village in Iceland. In 1991, the US journal Islands Magazine counted this beach as one of the ten most beautiful beaches on Earth. Its stretch of black basalt sand is one of the wettest places in Iceland.
There is no landmass between here and all the way to Antarctica and the Atlantic rollers can attack with full force.
Vík lies directly south of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which is on top of the Katla volcano. Katla has not erupted since 1918, and an eruption may occur soon which could melt enough ice to trigger an enormous flash flood, large enough to obliterate the entire town. The town's church (on the left in this picture), located high on a hill, is believed to be the only building that would survive such a flood. Thus, the people of Vík practice periodic drills and are trained to rush to the church at the first sign of an eruption.