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Háidrangur (or Skessudrangur), Iceland

Háidrangur (also called Mjóidrangur or Skessudrangur) is one of the basalt sea stacks that form the Reynisdrangar near the village of Vík in Mýrdal on the south coast of Iceland. The Reynisdrangar are the residues of a volcanic eruption during the ice age, existing of Landdrangur, Langhamar (or Langsamur) and Háidrangur (or Skessudrangur). The softer palagonite rock formations have been erodated since the explosion while the harder basalt rocks have resisted the forces of the sea. Háidrangur is about 65 m. high, the smaller rock 'Steðji‘ (meaning 'anvil') can be seen to the left. The legend says that two trolls tried to draw a three masted ship ashore but because it took too long a time the trolls turned into rocks at daybreak. For several ages the inhabitants of Reynishverfi rowed to the rocks to gather eggs being actually a very risky job due to the rough sea and the steep rocks.

  

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Taken on May 27, 2012