Dyrhólaey

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Dyrhólaey

The small peninsula, or promontory, Dyrhólaey (120m) (formerly known as Cape Portland by English seamen) is located on the south coast of Iceland, not far from the village Vík. It was formerly an island of volcanic origin, which is also known by the Icelandic word eyja meaning island.

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 hill-island with the door-hole).

In the summertime, many puffins nest on the cliff faces of Dyrhólaey.

A Flemish stunt pilot (Tomme Tailor) is said to have flown through the arch at Dyrhólaey.

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Coordinates: 63°23′59″N 19°07′35″W / 63.39972°N 19.12639°W / 63.39972; -19.12639