Dyrhólaey, Iceland
July 20, 2014

This is the third of twenty locations in Southern Iceland that are in my forthcoming guide "A Landscape Photographer's Tour of Southern Iceland" and this series of blog posts are to whet your appetite for Iceland as a photographic destination. The guide provides the same kinds of information my UK guides provide, including maps, 360 degree interactive panoramic photographs, directions, and more.

Dyrhólaey, Iceland

Dyrhólaey is a promontory situated just to the West of the town Vík í Mýrdal. It derives it’s name from the impressive sea arch on it’s western side and literally means door hill island. The name also gives another clue to Dyrhólaey’s history as although it is now connected to the mainland and accessible by road, it was once an island. It southern side has been eroded by the sea and is now a vertical cliff with it’s highest point at 120 meters (394 feet)

Dyrhólaey, Iceland

The promontory has been designated a nature reserve and has a large diverse population of birdlife including fulmars, eider ducks and puffins. During the breeding season of May and June access to Dyrhólaey can be restricted.

On the eastern side of the promontory there are views of the Reynisdrangar sea stacks and to the West are spectacular views of the coastline all the way to Selfoss. To the South, out to sea there are a number of rock formations including one that looks distinctly like a drinking elephant!

Dyrhólaey, Iceland

On the western side of the promontory is a lighthouse with distinctive orange lantern room. There is a footpath along the cliffs to the eastern side of the promontory where it is possible to access the fine pebble black beach. As may be expected from it’s location, Dyrhólaey can be very windy and the waves breaking on the beach can be quite impressive.

Dyrhólaey is popular with visitors but as it’s quite a large area with plenty of places to explore this is not too much of a problem.

The photographs in this blog post are actually frames from video taken with a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. I hope to have a short video of the locations available soon.

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