Dyrhólaey Cliff rises to an altitude of 120 meters, not far from the town of Vík and is the southernmost point in Iceland. The place gets its name from the famous arch-shaped rock that emerges from the cliff and out into the sea. Dyrhólaey means "hole in the door." When the sea is calm, small boats can sail through the hole in the rock. In the past, a daredevil pilot even flew a small plane through the hole!

Dyrhólaey Cliff

From the top, Dyrhólaey has a great view and was probably formed as the result of a volcanic eruption that occurred at the end of the Ice Age. Dyrhólaey was declared a nature reserve in 1978.

Trolls and Shipwrecks

One of Dyrhólaey 's hallmarks are the basalt columns that majestically jut out from the sea, south of the town Vík. According to legend, the Reynisdrangar columns were created when two trolls tried to drag a three-masted ship to land, and at sunrise, they froze and turned to stone. The columns can be clearly seen from Vík and the tallest one rises 66 meters above sea level.

Dyrhólaey is a popular nesting area for many species of birds. Puffins and ducks are the most common species in the area. The huge and impressive lighthouse that stands at the edge of the cliff warns nearby ships sailing in the area.

You can walk along the cliff and see the impressive view from above. Look south towards the ocean and lava pillars jutting out of it and north toward the spectacular Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Be careful not to go too close to the edge of the cliff, a sudden gust of wind can be dangerous.

Don't miss the opportunity to visit the black beach, where there are some extremely impressive rock formations of frozen lava and a good chance to see seals.

How To Get There?

Ring Highway (Road 1) that leads to road 215. Road 215 is a dirt track road 215 suitable for all types of vehicles. After a short drive you will reach a parking lot and from there short trails that lead toward the cliff and the beach.

Mao of Dyrhólaey Cliff