Most of the natural wonders attractions in Iceland have easy access and are relatively straightforward to view and visit. Some of the places need caution as they have high cliffs, powerful rivers, boiling water, dangerous waves, landslides and slippery ice. Some areas require more caution than others and all visitors to such places should read warning signs and take notice of the warnings. One such place is Kirkjusandur beach east of Dyrhólaey arch in the Southern Region in Iceland. It is a fascinating and beautiful place that can turn lethal in seconds. The beach is stunning and wonderful to visit and walk when the tide is low and the weather is calm. Preferably not windy. Even on such a day a walk near the cliffs on the beach can be dangerous as the cliffs can burst with a landslide at any time. Especially after days of rain.
Don't not enter the Kirkjufjara beach when tide is high
There are two parking lots to view Dyrhólaey arch. One at the highest point by the small lighthouse and the other one is a bit east by Kirkjufjara beach. From the parking lot you have an excellent view to Dyrhólaey arch from the cliffs and you also have a spectacular view of the Reynisdrangar stacks and Reynisfjara black beach to the east. A toilet is also available by the parking lot, From there is a narrow path down to Kirkjusandur beach with two to three meter small cliffs on both sides. This is the only entrance to the beach. Since January 2017 the Kirkjufjara beach has been closed due to life-threatening waves and possible landslides. The beach is located under a much higher cliff with the immensely forceful Atlantic Ocean on the other side. Anyone thinking about entering the beach should understand that waves are not equal in size. Every 15th or 20th wave there is a much larger wave that stretches much farther inland than others, and that is the highly dangerous sneaker wave. So even if the waves seem calm and innocent on a day with high tides, a much larger one is due at any time floating up the walking path. On such a day, especially when the winds are strong and the tide is high no one should enter the Kirkjusandur beach. If a wave from the Atlantic Ocean grabs you, the fight is extremely tough. Enjoying the view to the east and the west from the parking lot is great and gives everyone great photographic opportunities.
Access is easy from the Ring Road in the Southern Region
Entering the parking lot to Kirkjusandur beach is the same road as the road leading to Dyrholaey arch. On the Ring Road Nr. 1 you turn south to Dyrhólavegur road Nr. 218. This Road will lead to both parking lots to view Dyrhólaey and Kirkjufjara.
Nearby places of interest
Bæjarstaðarskógur Dverghamrar Diamond beach Dyrhólaey Fjallsárlón
Fjðrárgljúfur Foss á Síðu Hjörleifshöfði Jökulsárlón Kvernufoss
Reynisfjara Reynisdrangar Skaftafell Skógafoss Skógar Svartifoss Svínafellsjökull