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Dyrholaey, Vik

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Geologic Formation Nature / Park
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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  • The cliffs, the beach of black sand and many many wind! It is very easy to access. Do not hesitate to go.
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  • Absolutely worth the drive to Vik! Beautiful views of Iceland, you feel like you're on top of the world! Incredible landscape. Take the time to drive up the dirt road to the top and get some great pho...  more »
  • It's a neat looking lighthouse, but you can't get close to it at all, the drive up was kind of annoying. Would have just walked up if we had more time to spare. Decent views of the beach once you get ...  more »

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Where to stay in Vik

For such a compact town, Vik and its surroundings boast a surprisingly wide range of accommodations. Many hotels, guesthouses, bed and breakfasts, and private cottages sit among picturesque settings. To get in touch with nature, sleep under the stars at one of the area's large campgrounds. With on-site showers and a distance just a short walk to the town's amenities, campgrounds make an attractive and budget-friendly option here.
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