Hvítserkur is a 15 metre high rock monolith that lies off the north-west coast of Iceland. Its name translates to “white shirt” and derives from it being covered in guano from shag and cormorant colonies that nest on it. It was once the plug of a volcano, but over the years the craters surrounding the rock plug gave way to the pounding Atlantic Ocean leaving only the unusual outcropping Hvítserkur behind. Indeed had it not been for human intervention Hvítserkur itself would have given way to the ocean as well, as its foundations were shored up with concrete some years ago!
What remains is a spectacular and very photogenic scene, as you can see from these beautiful pictures!
Icelandic legend has it that the rock was once a troll that forgot to retreat from the light at daybreak and was turned to stone in the sunrise. From some angles though, it is said to look like a dragon drinking from the water. The geological oddity was even commemorated on an Icelandic stamp in 1990!
Inspired to visit on your next trip to Iceland?! Hvítserkur is accessible by car - you can either drive on the gravel road from Hvammstangi town, which is 197 km north of Reykjavík, or take road 711 off ring-road 1 along the Vatnsnes peninsula.