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Earth of fire

Actualité volcanique, Article de fond sur étude de volcan, tectonique, récits et photos de voyage

North of Iceland, on the peninsula Vatnsnes and more specifically in the Bay Húnaflói, stands near the shore a strange rock called Hvítserkur .
 Hvitserkur - hikenow
                            Hvítserkur at low tide - photo hikenow

Hvítserkur - Design you trust
                                Hvitserkur  - Photo Design you trust

His photogenic as Icelandic changing sky earned him to be associated with a legend : the colossal rock, shaped yak or triceratops, is actually a giant troll who was paralyzed and petrified by the rays of the rising sun, when he was preparing to attack the monastery Thingeyar .

Hvítserkur means " white shirt " in Icelandic, a name that was assigned because of guano lining its walls, left by many breeding birds here, including Arctic terns.
If you approach the rock to the nesting period , remember that these birds are territorial and defend their nest by dive attacks and devastating peck.


 
 It seems that Hvítserkur is a dyke up a dozen meters, barefoot and widened by erosion. The mass of basalt would probably have disappeared without a consolidation of its foundations there a few years ago .


Hvitserkur - Augustin Sanchez
                Hvítserkur , surrounded by the waters of the fjord - photo Augustin Sanchez

 

hvitserkur - Oddur Jónsson

                        Hvítserkur ...  heads or tails - photo Oddur Jonsson

 

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