Dyrhólaey is a 120-metre high peninsula or promontory, located about 174 km from Reykjavík, and close to the beautiful village of Vík. It has been a natural reserve since 1978 and the birdlife there is rich with puffins and eider ducks being the most common species. We recommend walking to the top of the cliff as well as exploring the lower area. Once you reach the top of Dyrhólaey, you will be met by a striking view in all directions. You’ll see Mýrdalsjökull glacier in the North, the beautiful rock formations of Reynisdrangar to your East and if you look West you’ll see the black endless coastline. There is also an interesting castle-shape lighthouse on top of the cliff, well worth exploring.
When you’re down again we recommend taking a walk on the black beach to explore some of the amazing small caves and stone fissures, one being the unique Arnardrangur or the Eagle Rock, which was once an eagle nesting ground. It’s an extremely scenic place with Reynisdrangar and Reynisfjara in the background.
Please be aware that access to Dyrhólaey may be limited during the nesting season and might be closed around the start of May, so we recommend that you check with a tourist information centre before going there. When the tide is low, it’s popular among tourist to being ‘chased’ by the waves. We kindly ask you to be extremely careful on the beach as there have been accidents where people are swept to sea by the waves and strong tide.