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Hvitserkur, North Iceland

Hvitserkur, North Iceland

On Vatnsnes peninsula in North-West Iceland just off shore stands the majestic Hvítserkur, a 15 meters' high monolith. It looks like an animal of some sort, an elephant or a rhino - or even a dinosaurs drinking. It is just awesome! Especially as there is a lot of fulmar nesting on it so it seems to be alive and it is half-white from their excrement, thus the name Hvítserkur - "hvít-" meaning white. I just love monoliths like this one!

The legend goes that Hvítserkur is a petrified troll. The troll lived in Strandir and wanted to tear down the bells at Þingeyraklaustur convent. But fortunately it got caught by daylight and as we all know trolls turn into stone by daylight.