Dryhólaey is a promontory with steep cliffs that extend into the sea, the highest elevation of 115 m being on the west. Three gaps pass trough Dryhólaey at water level. The island was formed by a volcanic eruption 100 thousand years ago. It is protected area under the nature conservation act, because large colonies of sea birds nest here. Lighthouse, dating from 1927, has the largest lens of any lighthouse in Iceland.
In front of the peninsula, there is a gigantic black arch of lava standing in the sea, which gave the peninsula its name.
At the southwest corner of Reynisfjall there are uniquely beautiful columnar basalt formations that extend eastward along the shoreline, forming a large vaulted cavern called Hálsanefshellir, one of most impressive natural monuments in Iceland.
Sunset shots from Reynisfjara Beach