Dyrholaey
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  • Bill C
    Vancouver, Canada4,609 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Scenic Views
    The view is quite scenic from this nature reserve. Sign near the entrance says that puffins are common on the clifftops during the summer. It was said that puffins are usually visible during mornings or evenings. I was there at noon and I didn’t see any. Despite no sighting of puffins, the view around Dyrholaey made the visit worthwhile.
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 August 2023
  • Tom J
    London, United Kingdom1,693 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Puffins, Puffins and more Puffins!
    So I appreciate that Dyrholaey has the lighthouse and awesome rock formation but I must say these were overshadowed on our August trip by the hoards of wild Atlantic puffins that were nesting on the cliffs just near feet away from us. I could have spent hours standing and watching these charaacterful little birds but after 30mins we decided to let them go about their day as we did also. At only a 10min drive from Vík it is a relatively short trip and definitely worth checking out when on the south coast
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 August 2023
  • Avux99
    Cheshire, United Kingdom1,740 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dyrholaey
    Choice of two car parks for Dyrholaey, lower & upper. I did both. A winding steep road up to the lighthouse, then I drove down & around to the lower car park. Both car parks are free, though WC facilities are not.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 September 2023
  • Noraatc
    Sudbury, Massachusetts38,569 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The cliffs and the sea vistas to remember
    Our wonderful guide, Maria from Nice Travel, took us to Dyrhólaey ("Door Hill Island") to show us the puffins but they have already started their migration. Well, the island is so gorgeous that I didn’t miss the puffins too much (there are plenty of puffins in Acadia National Park, where we go twice a year). I couldn’t take my eyes off the dramatic cliffs, the ocean, the lighthouse, and towering rocks of Reynisfjara at the distance. One of those views I will always remember fondly.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 September 2023
  • Danielle P
    United States2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chill spot with incredible views
    Vik is a small quaint beach town. Not sure how exciting it is to stay there for an extended period of time, but we loved spending the day there enjoying the views of the Black Sand Beach and Dyrholaey. Worth a visit for sure! Gorgeous and beautiful scenic drive from Reyjkavic. We just rented a car for the day. Views and beach 5/5 for sure. Day trip 5/5. Not sure what else to do in town other than hike, so I gave 4 overall.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 September 2023
  • EmeraldDiva
    3,664 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning coastal views
    We were told there would be puffins, well no such luck. Some on the wing, but nothing close up. However the views from the cliffs were stunning. It was a beautiful sunny morning and the coastline looked amazing. Great photo opportunities abound and just walking around enjoying the views was such a pleasure.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 September 2023
  • Cloud
    1,144 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful view
    Amazing view over a beautiful volcanic beach. Cannot be missed. Interesting for the birds' colony, too. Make sure you are well prepared for extremely strong wing: you need to keep your mobile phone strongly secured in your hands when taking pictures, and still more important, to keep your feet solidly anchored to the ground. The wind will blow you away in the literal sense. Especially if you wish to reach the top from which you can enjoy an amazing view.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 November 2023
  • Bandit-One
    Lucerne, Switzerland10,043 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical landscape
    This part of Iceland is famous for of course the Black volcanic sand and the various rock and cliff formations. Here the highlight is the Dyrhólaey arch. Visible from far away and also from the top of the viewing platform. You could walk all the way from here to the cliffs and stacks on the eastern end of the beach. We didn't park at the lighthouse, but at the smaller parking lot down on the east side of the area. It makes a wonderful walk up to the lighthouse. Just about 25mins or so. But with wonderful views all the way up and back down. It does come with a short but steep stair section. But worth it. The landscape is so unique and magical. You feel like you've landed on another planet. The arch is is pretty big and you will get nice views of it from far or from the top. There are visitors by the lighthouse. But if you choose to walk up here, you won't meet many folks. Very nice and peaceful. It was a cloudy and rainy day. But that didn't make it less pretty. On the contrary, it added to the magical mood. Surely a must-do after visiting the black beach.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 November 2023
  • Martin
    9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a real gem of a place
    This place is a bit of a secret, it's the closest place to Reykjavik where you can see puffins on the mainland. It's also extremely windy! We parked up by the lighthouse but didn't see any puffins on the cliffs. We drove back down to the lower Eastern car park and saw about 6 puffins on the cliffs only about 20m up, and were able to get within about 5m of them. It wasn't the best time as they are out fishing all day but we were very impressed with the ones we saw (also flying) It's also definitely worth going the short extra distance to Vik, and af course the stunning waterfalls at Sellfoss and Skagafoss.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 June 2024
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Martin
9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
This place is a bit of a secret, it's the closest place to Reykjavik where you can see puffins on the mainland. It's also extremely windy!

We parked up by the lighthouse but didn't see any puffins on the cliffs. We drove back down to the lower Eastern car park and saw about 6 puffins on the cliffs only about 20m up, and were able to get within about 5m of them. It wasn't the best time as they are out fishing all day but we were very impressed with the ones we saw (also flying)

It's also definitely worth going the short extra distance to Vik, and af course the stunning waterfalls at Sellfoss and Skagafoss.
Written 12 June 2024
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Morgan Edwards
Flint, MI135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Nice stop along ring road, not far from Vik. It is super windy here and from the look out. We parked at the lighthouse and walked out to the lookout from there. It is a twisty little road up to get to the parking. There is a walking path that goes down to another lookout closer to the beach that was nice.
Written 6 June 2024
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Jane B
Guildford, UK434 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Loved this viewpoint, took an awesome photo of the soft black sand beach with the Arnardangur beach stack sticking out. I have printed it onto a canvas in my study so I can stare at the unique beauty every day!
Written 10 April 2024
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Bandit-One
Lucerne, Switzerland10,043 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This part of Iceland is famous for of course the Black volcanic sand and the various rock and cliff formations.

Here the highlight is the Dyrhólaey arch. Visible from far away and also from the top of the viewing platform. You could walk all the way from here to the cliffs and stacks on the eastern end of the beach.
We didn't park at the lighthouse, but at the smaller parking lot down on the east side of the area. It makes a wonderful walk up to the lighthouse. Just about 25mins or so. But with wonderful views all the way up and back down. It does come with a short but steep stair section. But worth it.

The landscape is so unique and magical. You feel like you've landed on another planet. The arch is is pretty big and you will get nice views of it from far or from the top. There are visitors by the lighthouse. But if you choose to walk up here, you won't meet many folks. Very nice and peaceful.

It was a cloudy and rainy day. But that didn't make it less pretty. On the contrary, it added to the magical mood. Surely a must-do after visiting the black beach.
Written 25 November 2023
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Cloud
Frankfurt, Germany1,144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Amazing view over a beautiful volcanic beach. Cannot be missed. Interesting for the birds' colony, too. Make sure you are well prepared for extremely strong wing: you need to keep your mobile phone strongly secured in your hands when taking pictures, and still more important, to keep your feet solidly anchored to the ground. The wind will blow you away in the literal sense. Especially if you wish to reach the top from which you can enjoy an amazing view.
Written 11 November 2023
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EmeraldDiva
Victoria, Australia3,664 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
We were told there would be puffins, well no such luck. Some on the wing, but nothing close up. However the views from the cliffs were stunning. It was a beautiful sunny morning and the coastline looked amazing. Great photo opportunities abound and just walking around enjoying the views was such a pleasure.
Written 20 September 2023
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Danielle P
United States2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Vik is a small quaint beach town. Not sure how exciting it is to stay there for an extended period of time, but we loved spending the day there enjoying the views of the Black Sand Beach and Dyrholaey. Worth a visit for sure! Gorgeous and beautiful scenic drive from Reyjkavic. We just rented a car for the day. Views and beach 5/5 for sure. Day trip 5/5. Not sure what else to do in town other than hike, so I gave 4 overall.
Written 18 September 2023
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jgold10529
Portland, OR408 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is a nice place to stop around Vik, with some easy treks from parking lot to beautiful views of the shows and some great sea arches. However, if running short on time, I would definitely prioritize the black sand beach few miles closer to Vik as that is truly a must.
Written 17 September 2023
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA38,569 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Our wonderful guide, Maria from Nice Travel, took us to Dyrhólaey ("Door Hill Island") to show us the puffins but they have already started their migration. Well, the island is so gorgeous that I didn’t miss the puffins too much (there are plenty of puffins in Acadia National Park, where we go twice a year). I couldn’t take my eyes off the dramatic cliffs, the ocean, the lighthouse, and towering rocks of Reynisfjara at the distance. One of those views I will always remember fondly.
Written 12 September 2023
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Avux99
Cheshire, UK1,740 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Choice of two car parks for Dyrholaey, lower & upper. I did both. A winding steep road up to the lighthouse, then I drove down & around to the lower car park. Both car parks are free, though WC facilities are not.
Written 10 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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