Information about Dyrhólaey

Dyrhólaey Peninsula is a 120 metre promenade famed for its staggering views of Iceland’s South Coast, as well as its historic lighthouse and wealth of birdlife.

Dyrhólaey Peninsula is a 120-metre promenade famed for its staggering views of Iceland’s South Coast, as well as its historic lighthouse and wealth of birdlife. 

Dyrhólaey (Door Hill Island) is of volcanic origin and was once an island before joining up to the Icelandic mainland. In ancient times, passing sailors used to refer to Dyrhólaey as “Cape Portland”. It is also the most southernmost part of the Icelandic mainland, making it a popular stop for sightseers travelling along the Ring Road, and can be found close by the coastal village of Vík í Mýrdal. 

One of Dyrhólaey’s instantly recognisable attractions is the promenade’s massive rock arch, a result of centuries of erosion. As a result, its name, (‘dyr’=door’) is in direct reference to this enormous arch. In fact, this natural feature is so large and dramatic that one daredevil pilot even flew through it, back in 1993. 

Dyrhólaey has an abundance of birdlife, the most common sights being Eider Ducks and Iceland’s favourite winged resident, the migratory Atlantic Puffin, during the summer. 

From your position atop the promenade, you can also enjoy staggering views over Iceland’s black sand beaches, complemented by the glittering waves of the Atlantic on one side, and distant mountainscapes to the other. To the north, you are also able to see the creeping glacier, Mýrdalsjökull, only proving that this is one of the most interesting panoramas in the whole of the country. 

On top of Dyrhólaey stands Dyrhólaeyjarviti, a beautiful old lighthouse that consists of a white, square concrete tower. The first lighthouse in the area was built in 1919; the current construction was completed in 1927. Visitors here will be able to see the lighthouse flicking out beams of white light to sea every ten seconds. 

Dyrhólaey Lighthouse was built in 1927.

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