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Dyrholaey, Vik

Categories: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web
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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  • Great place to photograph the beach and rock outcrops. The arch was good for photography. Walking to the top of the viewing area is not easy or for the faint of heart. Tide was coming in and the water...  read more »
  • Totally beautiful area (we were blown by the wind almost) - definitely a small hike worth
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  • Wind, huge crashing waves, great rock formations jutting out of the swirling sea, and beautiful views of the black sand beach and towering green mountains--this is an astounding place--just amazingly ...  read more »
  • There are two areas - a low parking lot with a few small trails coming off of it, and a steep climb up to a lighthouse. The lower area is alright, and has a nice view of the ocean and the Reynisfjara (Black Beaches), but is nothing particularly special. If you are pressed for time, I would skip this area in favor of the lighthouse. The steep climb is rather stressful: if you do not have a 4x4 or are not comfortable driving, I would not recommend attempting it, as it is an unpaved and poorly kept road. The lighthouse itself is quaint but is not particularly noteworthy - on the other hand, the view from the cliffside is absolutely astonishing. The landscape you can see is absolutely worth the drive up to the top. Note that there are no bathrooms in either area, so have a pitstop planned in Vik or another nearby attraction if you are on a road trip.
  • So beautiful and breathtaking. I saw birds, I saw seals, I found some awesome looking stones. You'd think it's just stone, kliff and sea but it's exactly that, without the 'just' and with an extra tonn of big eyes. When I was there (summer 2015) I lost track of time. I'm going back there. Definitely.
  • Stunning views of the black beach, the sea and faraway ice cap mountains. Would have been perfect if we could spot puffins, but only saw some seagulls. Wind is strong up there, do prepare for it.
  • Very very nice view especially at the coastline, its possible to go up by car without 4WD, we had a VW Polo and it was possible - on a sunny day in april
  • Scary drive up if you don't have an SUV with a lot of pot holes but amazing view from the top
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