Drive from hotel
Dyrhólaey is a 120-meter high promontory, a nature reserve, not far from the town of Vík. The place got its name from the massive arch that the sea has eroded from the headland. (The name literally means “door-hole”). When the sea is calm, big boats can sail through it. There has even been a maniacal daredevil pilot that flew through the arch with a small-craft airplane! Off the shore are the Reynisdrangar pillars, dramatic rock formations that rise from the sea near Reynisfjara, a well-known black sand beach. Walking along Reynisfjara beach, you will also see beautiful basalt columns and the striking Hálsanefshellir sea cave. Be careful and do not get too close to the water —huge waves crash ashore without warning and the current is very strong.
FAQ about Dyrhólaey
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A promontory located on the South Coast of Iceland, merely an one hr. drive from Hotel Rangá. It raises 120 meters above sea level.
Yes it is, it is known for its breathtaking views of the South Coast of Iceland, to the north Mýrdasljökull glacier, to the east Reynisdrangar, to the west the coastline of south iceland.
In the summer time, from May to August, Dyrhólaey is known to be a nesting spot for puffins. However the peninsula closes from 1st of May to ~ 12th of May for the puffins to lay their eggs. Many other species lay their eggs in the peninsula such as eider ducks, Arctic-tern and black-backed gull.
During peak nesting season parts of Dyrhólaey are closed off, the time changes on yearly bases so please check with reception, it is normally from around the 1st to the 12th of May and then limited access to the middle of June. The lower part is open to car traffic but the higher part is only open for travelers on foot during limited hrs. (09:00-19:00) Once nesting season is over, mid June, Dyrhólaey will once again be open 24 hrs of the day.
FAQ about Dyrhólaey
It is an one our drive from Hotel Rangá to Dyrhólaey.
It takes approximately 25 min to drive from Dyrhólaey to Vík.
It takes approximately 22 min to drive from Dyrhólaey to Reynisfjara black sand beach.
It takes approximately 2 hrs and 30 min to drive from Reykjavík to Dyrhólaey.
It takes approximately 2 hrs and 45 min to drive from Dyrhólaey to the glacier lagoon.