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Dyrhólaey, Vik

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Geologic Formation · Landmark
The black lava arch from which this peninsula takes its name, Dyrhólaey 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. Our Vik vacation builder app makes visiting Dyrhólaey and other Vik attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Visited mid August '21 and we saw lots of puffins. Parking was without fee, but the toilets are to be paid. You can pay with credit card but it is not always clear how it works for tourists.  more »
  • Easy to get to. You no longer have to drive up a dirt road or hike from a distant parking lot. The rock formations in the water and along the shore are incredible. It was overcast and extremely...  more »
  • Beautiful natural arch that’s part of a bird sanctuary. Tons of birds on this thing. The best views of the arch are from the light house or the lower parking area a little further away.
  • The treacherous path leading to mesmerizing scenic points is a must-visit place for anyone visiting Iceland. The 360* view around covering the Diamond beach is simply spell-bounding.

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