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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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  • August 16, 2017
    We stopped here on our way to Vik. There are nice views of the black sand beaches and rock formations. We also were able to see many puffins nesting in the cliffs and flying around. 15-30 minutes here...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    The weather was not too good, but still the view was great. Nice to walk around here as well. You could also go to the other end of the semi circle.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    It was very windy the day we visited but the views from the top (near the lighthouse) we amazing. The gravel road to get up to the top is tricky so drive slow and allow those coming by to pass.  more »

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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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