Dyrhólaey

  • Dyrholaey is the southern most part of Iceland
    Dyrholaey is the southern most part of Iceland

Dyrahólaey is a naturally formed arch just offshore near the tiny village of Vík on the south shore in Iceland. The 120 m high basalt rock is a former volcanic island that has been carved and shaped by the raging Atlantic Ocean since the Ice Age. The hole in the middle is big enough for fishing vessels to sail through, not recommended though as you never know how the tide is going to behave. Remarkably, in 1995 two adventurers did a stunt flight in a small aircraft through the whole and lived to tell the tale. Not recommended either as you never know how the wind is going to behave.

Easily accessible and part of the Ring Road road trip drive

The best view of Dyrhólaey is from its lighthouse built in 1927 and in earlier time there used to be a fishing station to the east of the arch.  Dyrhólaey is easily accessible from the Ring Road, road nr. 1.  During the summer, Dyhólaey is a bird sanctuary while all seabird species found in Iceland hatch their eggs. It is most certainly an ideal location for bird-watchers as you will be able to observe the mating and breeding behavior of e.g. the arctic tern, kittiwake, fulmar, plover, whimbrel, and puffins.

A caution is needed if you choose to walk the black beach

A black beach that is quite pleasant for a stroll surrounds Dyrhólaey. It is a good vantage point to appreciate the peninsula's enormous size and elephant-like form. Here a caution is needed as there is a considerable difference between high tide and low tide and the waves can be extremely dangerous when the tide is high.

Tours and things to do in the Southern Region in Iceland

Find an interesting tour in the North Region. A tour from Akureyri or Húsavík to Jökulsárgljúfur. A whale watching tour, a tour to the highland and much more.

Golden Circle tour with Secret Lagoon

Step away from the crowd, the rush, and speed and enjoy the top sights and attractions in the south-western part of Iceland, without all the traffic. Take a convenient bus tour in a smaller bus and with a smaller group (max 16) at a time when fewer visitors are around. Why chase the crowds when you can enjoy the wonders of Iceland in a more friendly setting?  This peaceful excursion takes place in the afternoon and lasts into the evening and allows plenty of time to explore, view and photograph all the spectacular wonders.  And remember that evening in Iceland is bright during spring, summer and into the autumn. 

Þórsmörk tour

Þórsmörk is one of the most spectacular places in Iceland.  It is one of the most accessible areas in the Highland, a deep valley, and oasis cornered with glaciers on three sides.  It is truly a place of ice and fire as one of the glaciers; Eyjafjallajökull has recently erupted with glowing lava flowing into two parts of Þórsmörk.
2 presons minimum

This tour is operated from Reykjavík and offered to visitors in Reykjavík and the Capital City neighbors towns. The Golden Circle tour is the most popular adventure tour in Iceland and for many good reasons. It is a trip easily doable in a day from Reykjavík the capital of Iceland, a place most of our visitors begin their journey in Iceland, and also because the tour offers a stunning view of fascinating natural wonders. Also a tour of history and geology. History as the first stop is at Iceland’s most valued historical (and almost holy) places and Geology, as you will take a breath-taking look at the various states of earth’s most vital resource, water.  This tour has it all and takes you to lakes, rifts, geysers, waterfalls, rivers and glaciers.