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Dyrholaey, Vik
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The black lava arch from which this peninsula takes its name, Dyrholaey rises out of the North Atlantic. You can walk high on top of the arch at 120 m (394 ft), but if you prefer to avoid heights, there is also a bridge. Admire the panoramic views from the top of Dyrhólaey. Look north to see the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, east to see the black lava Reynisdrangar sea stacks, and west to see the endless coastline. If the weather is warm enough, you may spot puffins in the area, but keep your distance, as they are usually nesting at this time and protective in nature. Dyrholaey has limited road access during some times of the year; during this time more walking is required to see the attraction. Before you head to Vik, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Vik trip itinerary builder, to make sure you see all that Vik has to offer, including Dyrholaey.
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  • Dyrholaey Arch is a beautiful spot to get a panoramic view of black sand beach. The drive is only about 20-25 minutes from Vik. Once you enter the route 218, you can drive until the end of 218 in whic...  more »
  • Found this place on accident but it was worth the drive up. You can see the black sand beaches for miles and some amazing rock formations. If it's a windy day, make sure to hold on to your hat. In a m...  more »
  • Enjoy the walk and views. Amazing sites of rock formations, ocean and Black Sand Beach along sode the Lighthouse 
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  • Stunning views of the seemingly endless black beach below. The road is rough but not really a problem for my tiny rental car in the summer. Definitely worth heading up to for the amazing views. Take a book and lay on the grass. Have a picnic if you have time.
  • The road up hill is scary and bumpy without a 4x4 but so worthy of a lil stressful drive I mean, this is Iceland! Expect a few adventurous creepy roads if taking detours. The lighthouse is a hotel but oh the prices.... Eeh just take a photo of it. The views, it is so stunning no matter where you look at.
  • View is wonderful and drive in tough and steer road is a lot of fun adventure. But the light tower is nothing, small and not functioning.
  • Beautiful lighthouse and views of the bay. Perfect place to spot puffins. Beautiful arches
  • Amazing panoramic view. Bring a jacket as it is very windy.