West of Vík

Reynisfjara with basalt columns
and
Dyrhólaey, the southmost end of Iceland
equipped with "doors"

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2013-08-12

This is Reynisfjara (fjara=beach). It is reached from Vík by going west on the Ring Road and turning on to a side road on the other side of Reynisfjall. The mountain here is littered with caves where puffins are nesting, but they leave in the middle of August. Reynisdrangar [plural] are seen from the west side.

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2013-08-12

Most striking in Reynisfjara are these basalt columns. They are often littered with tourists.

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2013-08-12

Less than three kilometers west of the basalt columns of Reynisfjara lies Dyrhólaey (=door-hill-island). You have to drive back to the Ring Road to get here from Reynisfjara. This is the view towards east and Reynisfjara and Reyndrangar. Closest to the camera is the tidal river from the lagoon.

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Another view towards east, showing another weird rock formation. All this was created by a submarine eruption some 80 thousand years ago.

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Looking west towards the south end of Dyrhólaey.

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2013-08-12

View towards east from the west part of Dyrhólaey (=door-hill-island), showing some of the "doors".

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2013-08-12

The lighthouse on Dyrhólaey, the southmost point of Iceland. Because of the nesting birds (like puffins), traffic here is restricted between 1 May and 25 June.

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2013-08-12

View towards west from the west end of Dyrhólaey. Out there in the ocean, 55 km off, the volcanic island group Vestmannaeyjar can be spotted below its accompanying clouds.

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