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Dyrhólaey peninsula

The perfect viewpoint on South Iceland’s black beaches

When you travel on the south coast you will find the Dyrhólaey peninsula. 

Back in the day, Dyrhólaey was an island that joined after the Icelandic mainland. On the peninsula, there is also a historic lighthouse and a wealth of birdlife.

Dyrhólaeyjarviti is the name of the lighthouse that guards the Dyrhólaey peninsula coast and consists of a white square concrete tower.

During the night you will be able to see the light flicking to the sea every 10 seconds.

View over the Black Sand Beach from the Dyrholaey lighthouse.

The wildlife of the Dyrhólaey peninsula is represented by birdlife. You will find all-year-round species of Eider Ducks and from May to September you can find puffins. This is the closest location from Reykjavik where you can see puffins. Sometimes the area can be closed due to the egg-laying season.

From the top of the peninsula, you will have an impressive view over the black sand beaches on both sides of the peninsula, complemented by dancing waves of the ocean. Also, you can see the creeping glacier, Mýrdalsjökull that hides the Katla volcano under its snowy cover.

How to get there: Going further on Route 1 you will see an intersection and a sign which will lead you to the car parking at the base of Dyrhólaey. From the car park, you have to hike up to the lighthouse. The path is also marked so it will be easy for you.

Book a tour with us and go enjoy the beautiful view at Dyrhólaey.

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