It was overcast and chilly on the first two days of our Iceland road trip. When the sun finally broke through, it transformed everything—it almost seemed like we were in a different country! The timing couldn’t have been more perfect, as we found ourselves at the southern coast, near the headlands of Dyrholaey.
It was a day at the seaside unlike any I’d ever had, with crashing waves pounding at black, volcanic rocks…
… that would, over thousands of years, turn into miles and miles of this fine black sand.
Iceland often seemed like it was so many different countries in one, and it wasn’t just because of the sunshine. If you looked back from the volcanic beach landscape, you would see these mountains carpeted with green and yellow. Yo-de-ley-hee-ho!
The coast near Dyrholaey and Vik is also known for being home to one of Iceland’s most famous critters: the puffin.