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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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  • My friend and I thought we were going to get blown off the cliff (not really, but the winds were intense), but we had a blast battling the elements to see Dyrholaey Arch. You'll probably need a 4WD to...  more »
  • We were on a tour with a bus company on this cliff. The bus could not drive, unfortunately the way up to the lighthouse, which did us very sorry, since we're right Lighthouse fans! The cliff was also very impressive. The gout offers wonderful photo opportunities. Depending on the weather and water level (low tide or flood) the 'gate' in the rocks can be seen more or less well. A stunning destination that you should visit.
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  • Accessible on a side road just before you get to the car park for Reynisfjara beach. The road is steep gravel, rutted with potholes and I think access with a 2WD car would be a challenge. Definitely w...  more »
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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.