North of Iceland, on the peninsula
Vatnsnes and more specifically in the Bay Húnaflói, stands near the shore a strange rock called Hvítserkur .
Hvítserkur at low tide - photo hikenow
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 .
Hvítserkur , surrounded by the waters of the fjord - photo Augustin Sanchez
Hvítserkur ... heads or tails - photo Oddur Jonsson