Icelandic Road trip – Exploring Dyrhólaey Peninsula and Reynisfjara Beach

After seeing the iconic waterfalls of the South coast, we headed towards Vik and Reynisfjara Beach, a black sand beach with incredible basalt columns that looks like a giant staircase. A bit further away, there was a basalt sea cave, Hálsanefshellir. It’s inaccessible at high tide, but we were lucky to be there at the right time to visit it !

From the beach, we could see two giants pillars of rocks, as high as 66 meters, that rose out of the sea, Reynisdrangar Rocks. According to legend, these are two trolls who were petrified by the rising sun while they were trying to bring a huge ship onto the beach.

No so far away from the beach, there was an interesting little church, Reyniskirkja.

We finished our day in Dyrhólaey Peninsula, where we saw some puffins flying around and resting on the ocean. At the top of this promontory, the views are unbelievable, and we saw the famous and iconic sea archway. It is extremely windy, I was glad to have taken some gloves with me !

(to be continued…)

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25 responses to “Icelandic Road trip – Exploring Dyrhólaey Peninsula and Reynisfjara Beach

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    • It was one of the highlights of the South Coast ! But we were really shocked by the attitude of some tourists, writing their names on the basalt rocks… I’m scared for the beauty of Iceland. Really.

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