Head to Reynisfjara beach first thing in the morning to avoid many of the crowds. Enjoy the beautiful black rocky beach along with its immense rock formation, the power of the Atlantic ocean, and puffins. Be forewarned, the wind gusts can get pretty strong so make sure to bring along a friend you can hold on to. Before you head out, stop by the Black Sand Restaurant and grab a bite to eat before heading to your next destination.
From Reynisfjara beach head 30 minutes east to Hjörleifshöfði and the site of Hjörleifur's burial mound aka the Viking Tomb. Be prepared for a rather steep climb in certain places but you will be rewarded with stunning views of the southern shore of Iceland that will leave you breathless as you pass ancient ruins of those who inhabited this area long ago. Make sure to bring along fluids and dress appropriately as the wind will pick up near the peak. Expect a 2 to 3 hour excursion including stops to immerse yourself in the surroundings.
After a wonderful hike, we're off to catch an incredible sunset at the Dyrholaey lighthouse. It will be a 40 minute drive back west through Vik which is a wonderful opportunity to stop for a great meal at Suður-Vík (restaurant, café, and bar). The restaurant is settled at a higher elevation away from the Ring Road from town center. As soon as you walk in you are greeted with a feeling of warmth and calm. The staff is incredibly welcoming which only adds to the ambiance. Grab a cup of tea or coffee and start of with a delicious soup. The menu has something for everyone and leaving will be the hardest part.
Once you have satisfied your hunger, head towards the lighthouse. The climb to the top will take you up a winding road to the car park. You will have 360 degree views from the inland mountains, glaciers, to overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Take it all in and explore before heading back to Reykjavik, continuing on your adventure, or settling down for the night at a nearby accommodation such as the Iceland Air Hotel. Cheers!