Dyrholaey Arch

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  • Address: Dyrholaey, 871 Vik, Iceland
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  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Geological Formation, Family And Kids

Formerly called ‘Cape Portland’ by the sea men, Dyrholaey is a promontory standing tall at a height of 120 meters. The name ‘Dyrholaey’ translates to ‘door-hole’ and is literally named so due to the arched, door like shape that has formed due to the weathering of the peninsula. On a calm day, the hole is big enough for big ships to sail through. The second arch that lies inward to the cliff is rather small and along with other distant segregated rock formations, Dyrholaey has become one of the most scenic places around Vik. The majestic views of Iceland’s coast is hard to describe and with its rare geological structures, you can get some of the best photographs right here on the cliff.

You can see the Myrdalsjokull glacier to the north, the basaltic columns of the Reynisdrangar to the east and the beautiful coastline of the North Atlantic Ocean that completes the panoramic views. The place is loved for its rich bird life and you can easily spot Puffins (that nest on the face of the cliff), Arctic Terns nests and even Seals in the sea. Few people do come here to surf but owing to the dramatic weather change, it is best to find a safe spot near the cliff to enjoy the view.

Dyrholaey Arch Travel Tips

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  • Dyrholaey Arch Address: Dyrholaey, 871 Vik, Iceland
  • Dyrholaey Arch Timing: 24-hrs
  • Best time to visit Dyrholaey Arch(preferred time): 09:00 am - 03:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Dyrholaey Arch: 03:00 Hrs
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