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Dyrhólaey

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An iconic rock arch on the south coast

Looming over the Reynisfjara black volcanic beach is Dyrhólaey, a 120-metre high promontory jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a spectacular sight to behold with its natural arch and prominent hole, sculpted over millennia from the force of the waves. Owing to its unique shape, its Icelandic name translates to “door hill island”.

Though you can get a lovely view of Dyrhólaey from the beach, you can also drive up to the top for a different perspective over the area and to get a photograph with the century-old lighthouse.

Want to see puffins? This is a great spot in summertime for viewing the abundant seabirds that call the cliffs home. Just keep in mind that the puffins need a little privacy during their nesting season, so access to the top is closed each year around May and June.

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