The village of Vik is famous for its black sand beaches and its proximity to Dyrholaey promontory, a naturally formed arch in the cliff. Dyrholaey is a former island of volcanic origin, created by an eruption thousands of years ago.

Dyrholaey also serves as a bird sanctuary. Each year, thousands of visitors and bird lovers flock there to witness our beloved puffin in its natural habitat.

The Dyrholaey arch

The name Dyrholaey means “door hill island” in Icelandic. The reason behind the name, is that the arch is so big, that ships and even small airplanes can pass through it at certain times. It is the power of the ocean that has worn the black basalt into this 120-metre high arch (394 ft).

Where is Dyrholaey?

Dyrholaey is located on the south coast of Iceland. When driving the ring road east from Reykjavik, Dyrholaey is right before the black sand beach of Reynisfjara and the Reynisdrangar cliffs, close to Vik village. Driving there straight from Reykjavik takes a bit over two hours (175km).

GPS: 63.3995957 N, -19.126898 W

Dyrholaey lighthouse

At Dyrholaey you will find a century old lighthouse. But what you may not know, is that it's not your regular kind of lighthouse. On the inside, it has been renovated and converted into a private luxury hotel. Nevertheless, the exterior look is extremely charming, making it a popular landmark to photograph amongst travellers.

Is it always open?

No. Visitors should be aware that Dyrholaey is closed to the public during nesting season, meaning parts of May and June. Therefore, we recommend asking at a local information center what the status is, before deciding to embark on a journey to Dyrholaey around that time.

Does it cost to visit Dyrholaey?

No, no entrance free is charged at Dyrholaey.