Taking in the views from Dyrhólaey
A travel story by Merlin Kafka.
Exploring the vast coastline of Iceland is something I would recommend to anyone planning to visit.
Dyrhólaey is the ideal location to do this as it is not only scenic in itself, but also provides breath-taking views to any direction. Eastwards one can get a view over Reynisdrangar, an impressive rock formation rising from the ocean next to the mainland. Facing west is the endless coastline that is leading towards Selfoss with the white wash constantly sweeping over the black sand beach.
It was a rainy drive towards Dyrhólaey, however upon arrival it suddenly stopped; instead I was greeted by extreme winds, that proved to make leaving the car a challenge on its own.
Hiking towards the edge of the cliff under a cloud covered sky hearing nothing but the wind blowing, a giant lava arch suddenly made its appearance in front of my eyes. I had seen pictures of this view before, but did not realize the arch was located at this very place, explaining my surprised reaction. Filled with excitement, I tried to create an image that would express the vastness of the landscape and the eerie atmosphere. It was definitely a highlight when the clouds opened up slightly to reveal a hint of sunlight.
Dyrhólaey also features a picturesque lighthouse which is almost 100-years-old and situated at the top of the cliff.
Unfortunately the conditions stayed the same, and the overcast sky meant there was zero visibility of a sunset making the decision to call it a day slightly easier. The central southern location of Dyrhólaey also means that it is just a 15-minute drive to Vik, a rather small town with just over 300 inhabitants, but nonetheless the largest in a radius of 70 kilometres, where I decided to finish my day.
Looking back at my photographs, Dyrhólaey’s rugged and untamed landscape seems like something taken straight out of a movie set and a view I will keep as a memory for a long time.