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Hvítserkur, Petrified Troll on the Wild Icelandic Coast

January 5th, 2015

A bit of wild Icelandic coastline today, I think it may be time soon for some more waterfalls, or perhaps some ice as Perth swelters at 41° today!  Later though, for today it’s Hvítserkur and a piece of wild Icelandic coastline from the Eastern shore of the Vatnsnes Peninsula in the North West Region.  The road to this spot is not really a road at all, more of a series of closely spaced potholes strung together in a line… Done is such a cunning way that in avoiding one you hit two or three even bigger ones.

I arrived here late one evening in my camper van, thoroughly shaken about and spent a restful night listening to the waves pounding on the 15 metre high stone stack that is called Hvítserkur, which means “White Coat” in Icelandic, due to all the bird droppings…  Not so romantic.  Much more romantic is the legend about the monolith.  It said to be an ancient troll that was caught in the daylight and turned to stone, preventing it from destroying the bells of the local monastery.

Hvítserkur, Petrified Troll on the Wild Icelandic Coast

By dawn the sea had calmed and the wind was still, just perfect for a quiet walk down the rocky beach for sunrise.

Hvítserkur, Petrified Troll on the Wild Icelandic Coast

Both these images shot on the Hasselblad H4D-60 and the 28mm f4 lens.

Happy New Year!

I almost forgot, we are starting a new year with lots of new possibilities.  Still a few spots on my Icelandic photography Tour in August of this year, its going to be awesome!

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