Reynisdrangar basalt sentinels

Reynisdrangar basalt sentinels

by Francesco Ioli

The Reynisdrangar basalt stacks rise dramatically out of the sea in front of the black volcanic sands of Reynisfjara beach, below Reynisfjall, a 340 m high tuff mountain formed by a volcanic eruption under a glacier in the penultimate ice age near the village of Vik, Iceland. The Reynisdrangar stacks are a collection of 66m high rocks from the same geological formation as Reynisfjall.
Legend has it that the stacks were created when two trolls dragged a three-masted ship ashore unsuccessfully, and when daylight broke they became needles of rock.

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