Day 2: Dyrhólaey, Reynisdrangar, Svínafellsjökull & Höfn
After ten hours of solid sleep – the darkness, excitement of the first day and the two-hour-timezone-change hit us quite hard – we head off to our next destination: Dyrhólaey. Luckily just a 5 min drive, and because we left quite early (7.30 AM) that morning, we were the only ones out there.
Dyrhólaey is small peninsula, not far from Vík. The place got its name from the massive arch that the sea has eroded from the headland. The name Dyrhólaey literally means “door-hole”. Who said Icelandic was hard?
The peninsula is divided into two parts: the higher and lower part. Only the lower part was accessible during our visit in september. Pity, because our travel pocketbook was so enthousiastic about this part. Oh well .. In the lower area you can view an extreme cool rock called Arnardrangur. It’s very picturesque with Reynisdrangar and Reynisfjara in the background, our next stop of the day!
We headed back to Vík í Mýrdal, and after seeing them from so far away, we decided to take a little detour to Reynisdrangar and Reynisfjara. Just to know how they look like from up close. The Reynisdrangar are basalt sea stacks situated under the mountain Reynisfjall. Pretty cool to see this!
Also cool, was the black beach that frames this mountain. I never knew this kind of beach existed, so we took some pretty neat pictures to take home with us.
Pretty romantic huh?
Next stop: Svínafellsjökull! Better known as the ‘Pig Mountain Glacier Tongue’. We booked a three-and-a-half-hour walk on the glacier, and guys .. Seriously one of the best things I’ve done on this Road Trip! And by far out the most adventurous! I’m going to write a single post about our Glacier Walk (by clicking here, when it’s online), but I didn’t want to keep this photo from you.
After heating up with some coffee and cocoa, we head off to Höfn, out last stop of the day. But when we passed Jökulsárlón, we decided to make a little detour. Jökulsárlón, also known as the Glacier Lagoon, is the biggest glacier lake of Iceland. It is a pure natural art and a spectacular sight. Just look at this picture. Breathtaking .. So glad we stopped here just before it got dark!
Höfn: Pakkhús & ‘House on The Hill’
It was already pitch black when we arrived at Höfn. Although this town is described as an ugly harbor town, it was kind of cute with al those flickering lights. We booked a room in ‘House on The Hill’, a very modern and spacious guesthouse. Sadly, it didn’t have a kitchen as advertised, so we had to head into town to find ourselves a meal.
After a quick Tripadvisor-session, we went for a table in ‘Pakkhús‘. A spacious restaurant overlooking the harbour in Höfn. Delicious cooking with local ingredients from Vatnajökull Region and not all that expensive! What a wonderfull way to end this beautiful, active day. We even saw a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis on our way back to the guesthouse! What a day ..
More info about our room-for-the-night:
- Adress: House on the Hill, Fiskhóll 11, 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
- Price per night: 100 euro (tip: pay with card in ISK) and booked via Booking.com
- Accommodations: Free wifi, shared refrigerator & small living space, three bathrooms with shower, free parking. Double bed. No cooking facilities.