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Hvalnes beach and Eystrahorn mountain

A geology masterpiece located in East Iceland that offers unique views over the ocean and over the mountains that guard the whole place.

Hvalnes means the Whale Point and the whole place is a rocky deadland with an orange lighthouse standing tall on the edge of the cliffs. The mountains that surround the area are composed of dark gabbro and pale granophyre that give the mountains some amazing colours.

Eystrahorn mountains under the sky full of stars.

Hvalnes is a Nature Reserve due to its rich birdlife and flora. Near the rocky deadland, there is a strip of black sand beach that locks the water inside the bay and creates a lagoon where you will find different species of birds with lots of whooper swans gathering around during the summertime.

The beach and lagoon near Hvalnes is the perfect place for them to breed. The lagoon that forms in the bay due to the strip of black sand beach has clear untouched water which creates beautiful reflections of the surrounding mountains.

The whole place looks like the point where the sky is melting into the ocean.

Hvalnes is guarded by Eystrahorn Mountain which is part of the Krossasnesfjall mountain range. A beautiful mountain formation with different colour stripes that is always the subject of photographers who are crossing the Hrigvegur road to the East or South of Iceland.

There is a lunch spot where you can stop and enjoy the views over Hvalnes Beach and Eystrahorn Mountain.

Hvalnes Beach and Eystrahorn Mountain are located about a one-hour drive from Höfn and two hours from Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

Visit these places on a self-drive tour around Iceland.

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