Tom Tautz

Dyrhólaey

Tom Tautz
Dyrhólaey
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Dyrhólaey is a small peninsula not too far from Vik and about a 2 and a half hour drive from Reykjavik. While you could technically make this stop on day 2 of your 5 days in Iceland, it makes for a nice view on your way back to Reykjavik. Feel free to modify this stop as you see fit! You may want to visit on Day 2 or Day 3 as it is near the Basalt Black Sand Beach. Either way, you have multiple options to fit it when you are seeing Iceland in 5 days.

It is the home to Puffin, rock formations, and stunning beaches. This stop is the ideal spot for photography, especially if you arrive during sunset. The cliffs and giant waves are reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest and you will be hard pressed to convince your friends and family that you really weren’t in Oregon or British Columbia!

Dyrhólaey has two parts, a lower beach with one view, and a higher beach with Dyrhólaey for a higher view from above. The drive up to the higher view is on a pretty sketchy dirt road with no gaurdrails. We have done this short drive in both winter and summer and with both a 2×2 and 4×4 so it is doable either way. The top view of the black sand beach stretch is a highlight on your 5 days in Iceland itinerary. Dyrhólaey is a fantastic way to cap off your 5 days in Iceland and to mark the last stop along your Iceland road trip itinerary.


Reynisfjara is an extremely popular black sand beach close to the small town Vík, the southernmost village of the mainland. The wild ocean, black sand and impressive basalt columns make this one of the most photogenic places of Iceland (also popular for wedding photography). Be careful of the unexpected sneaker waves in this area though, and don’t get too close to the ocean to shoot the perfect picture.

From Reynisfjara you can see Dyrhólæy in the distance. This is a small arch-shaped peninsula. You can hike to the top of Dyrhólæy to a picturesque lighthouse that will do great on Instagram. And in summertime, you will find flocks of puffins breeding at the seaside cliffs. Click away!