Have you ever stepped across a wind gust and actually had your foot blown out from under you?
If not, head over to Dyrholaey, one of the most stunningly picturesque points we found on Iceland’s South Coast. The day we were initially scheduled to take our tour, all roads our of Reykjavík ended up closed due to high winds and icy roads – nasty combo.
Though we were only delayed by a day, and the roads were deemed safe, the wind was still beyond brutal, especially by the ocean. Happily, we both felt the trip completely worth it – we walked away with amazing memories, and amazing shots.
If you head to the left once you pull into the parking lot, you can trek up a winding path. Look out from this new vantage point and you’ll be looking towards Reynisfjara and Vík.
The Boyfriend Perspective: I had honestly never been huge into photography before this trip to Iceland, and there was something about this particular stop that – for me – was both energizing and great to shoot. Even if I hadn’t been taking pictures, it felt like an adventure.
In the winter, all the grass and moss is a brilliant golden yellow, which is BEYOND stunning, especially against the snowy mountains in the distance. How often can you get grassy plains, a beach and ocean, basalt rock formations, and mountains, all in one frame?!
If you head towards the oceanfront cliffs, you have a few options.
The Boyfriend Perspective: Do what I did! Put up your hood, grab a weatherproofed camera, and get as close to the waves as you possibly can. I’ve never felt so small in my life, and the sound of the waves is insane. Do it.
Head down close to sea level, or head up a bit. Check out the marker stones, and get a truly panoramic view of the ocean. Just be warned, the higher up you get, the more drastic the wind. Thankfully, when a gust knocked my feet out from under me, Luke was behind me and able to catch me before I hit the ground.
Either way, if you can keep your feet, you will regret approximately nothing. The views are incredible, and you’ll walk away feeling almost like you survived something.
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