Iceland - Sunrise at Dyrhólaey

 Date: 08-Feb-2021 Category:

Dyrholaey Arch at sunrise in Iceland


This month's image was taken six years ago in late February. Winter sunrise at Dyrhólaey promontory, the southernmost point in mainland Iceland, can be very rewarding. Although Dyrhólaey translates "hill island with a door hole", the 120 m high cliffs actually have two large openings. Boats can easily pass through the outer one when the sea is not rough. It is said that also a pilot flew through that arch in a small airplane once. Crazy guy! ;-)

We preferred just taking pictures instead. We absolutely love the way the rising winter sun shines through both openings. This image was shot at the upper part of Dyrhólaey. There are way more photo ops also from the lower parking lot, where you can see the beautiful "Eagle Rock" when looking east. Vík í Mýrdal is the nearest town, located 12 km to the east and right behind the next headland with the famous Reynisdrangar sea stacks (the ones you can see on the left side in the far distance).

Image data:
1/4 s at f/16, ISO 100; Canon EF 16-35mm 1:2,8 L II USM at 18 mm, Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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