Black sand beaches
A remarkable nearby feature is the beautiful black beach with the Reynisdrangar, black basalt columns sculpted by the sea. A folk tale says that they are former trolls which were caught outside at dawn. The sea around them is rather wild and stormy, so travelers will not be surprised to discover a monument to the memory of drowned seamen on the beach.
The view from up there is interesting: To the north is to be seen the big glacier Mýrdalsjökull. To the east, the black lava columns of the Reynisdrangar come out of the sea, and to the west the whole coastline in the direction of Selfoss is visible - depending on weather conditions. In front of the peninsula, there is a gigantic black arch of lava standing in the sea, which gave the peninsula its name (meaning: the island with the hill door). In the summertime, many puffins nest on the cliff faces of Dyrhólaey.
Trips on sea
You can take a tour on sea to visit the amazing Dyrhólaey. The tour takes off from Dyrhólar and goes down the sands and to the east along the beach, where the opening in Dyrhólaey and the rock pillars off the coast are clearly visible. From there the vessel is launched and you will sail through the opening of Dyrhólaey (Tónni) and pass by some of the biggest rock pillars near to the promontory, i.e. Kambur, Háidrangur, Lundadrangur and Mávadrangur.
Vík and the surrounding areas are perfect to see those quirky little creatures called puffins.